Until I finished college, life has been like that water-slide which goes round and round with its twists and turns in an amusement park. This ride called education is the compulsory first ride. You may either enjoy every second of this ride or dread it and scream all the way through, you have to go through it and you pretty much have no control over it. You can try and eject out of this ride midway, but it most often than not ends in a crash landing, and too few stick the landing and end up successful to consider that option seriously as an alternative route. Of course a lot of people don’t get to take this ride. That’s a totally different story, I complaining about the privileges I have got may sound insensitive and ignorant. But a broken leg and sprained ankle will rank very differently in the scale of pain, but still both pains and both deserves a remedy and a cure.
In the journey of life, there are certain time-worn milestones or the big things in life as I like to call it, exists. Everyone’s culture and society may offer a slightly different variants of these but, in their core everything is the same. Stripping them down to their essence they are; get respected, earn money, gain power, get a life partner, procreate, invest into the progeny. It’s basically these things combined with context becomes a big milestone in a normal person’s life. Achieving these are supposed to make us happy in this life or after it.
This undulating journey of life is a pursuit of a source of an eternal high, a state of unending happiness or so I believe. Once you achieve one milestone, it is replaced with the another. In this peregrination, we are asked not to waste our time on the small things in life saying that they are too trivial and short lived to be the meaning of life, to be the purpose of our existence. But, my experiences show that those big and important things in life are also impermanent and are not always a source of happiness. What good is life if we don’t get have a little fun on the way without any precious purpose assigned to it, take detours away from the run of the mill things, meet new people without thinking about how they are going to be of help in the future, marvel at the trivialities, and be consumed by the present. Life is too long to wait for the payoff at the end of it and too short to get second chances.
There is no denying that these big things in life are the things which keep us going and not be broke at the very first mile of the journey, they provide the fuel to go further. But, it’s these small things which make the journey bearable and makes us to go do all the way through. I’m not saying that I’m going to enjoy a trivial life, but that these small things are ascribed a meaning worthy of them when placed in the midst of these big things. So, for the small things I love, I choose to put up with the drudgery of the big things in life.