I haven’t known you for long. Just about long enough to be charmed.
I followed my heart, and your footsteps. Fearless, hopeful.
Isn’t it a blessing in itself, that fate brought me to you, time and again?
For the journey you’ve taken me on, there is nothing more to ask.
Longest hiatus ever. Surprising as it may be, I actually managed to get a life outside the confines of the interwebs.
But worry not, I’ve finally found myself some time at hand, and a little peace in mind.
Summer was short but felt incredibly long. I had a lot on my mind, and equally much on my hands. Only there was never enough time, to clear the to-do list, or my head.
At least, between being hard at work and being consumed by random thoughts, I found new friendships, rekindled old ones, and enjoyed being a nomad.
It all came a little too late. Late enough for me to have learned a few of life’s best lessons. I still held on to that ‘dream,’ although knowing full well it isn’t about getting there anymore.
No lost time can ever be made up for, but there is now and the next moment to live.
The time has come for me to follow my very own advice.
To take it easy.
While I have, for the most part, lately it has been a true challenge.
I would’ve thought at this point, I would be feeling nothing other than uplifting optimism.
Instead, it’s frustration. Along with anxiety, and other ambiguous feelings.
It has been incredibly hard to push myself. Which is strange, considering this could very well be the last mile. Yet I feel as if I’ve been on an uphill climb for too long,; it’s too late to turn back, yet the peak is nowhere in sight.
I’m not seeking answers this time; I don’t have them.
Maybe in time, I will.
I’d do many things differently. Possibly everything.
I wouldn’t give up so soon.
I’d keep hoping.
I’d laugh at myself for thinking anything was impossible.
I’d make much better use of time, and think twice about all decisions.
I’d start right now.
I’d follow the heart, and believe in me.
I’d take it easier, for that too, would pass.
I’d say no, and never compromise.
I’d work towards one goal, however small each step might seem.
I’d spend less time being unhappy, more learning.
I’d live in the moment, not in denial.
I’d start right now.
So the simple and frugal life continues. Time is mostly spent on listening to jazzy love songs. And learning to play a few.
Every so often I listen to friends tell their stories in love. The search, the thrill, the hopeful thoughts, and the inevitable letdowns.
The perfect ending, too perfectly imagined at the very beginning.
If only we could be at absolute ease with life’s unknowns. More often than not, it’s the thoughts and emotions that get the better of us.
Lucky enough to be spared most of the day-to-day stressors, my life now is truly a luxury in disguise. One that I sometimes dread but try to relish. And one that will end before I know it.
Like everything else. It ends to start anew, and begins with another end awaiting.
The new year has been passing by quickly, and nothing has changed much. Not yet anyway. Except I’m a year older, and hopefully a drop wiser.
My days still revolve around the same routine. I practice, study, hang out in the neighborhood, go for runs, or a swim. Not that there’s anything I can complain, but even the perfectly simple life could do with some changes once in a while.
So off I go, to a place 7 hours away.
Where everything is much bigger and grander, and where all Chinese tourists stay at one hotel. (Hint: the most expensive one.)
A picture in front of the Burj Al Arab is thus obligatory.
Away from the crazy architectures, a Land Rover-ride in the desert plus some very strong shisha for the cold night was also quite an experience.
But a holiday isn’t complete without some sun, sea and sand. So another flight later, I find myself on the sunny islands of the Seychelles. Here I nap with the giant tortoises.Talk to some Seselwa guys. Eat fish every single day. Hike a short distance to the top of Morne Blanc. Bike around La Digue. And snorkel, newbie style.
Of course, I can’t possibly miss the amazing beaches!A good tan and more seafood meals later, my mind is clear as it could be, and my wallet emptied, inside out. My already frugal life, is about to get much worse.
I couldn’t have anticipated any of this. Wouldn’t have wanted to either. That plan to live the ‘perfect life,’ was thrown out the window ages ago.
The seemingly imperfect, flawed, sometimes exciting, but mostly mundane life, is all there is. It’s where mistakes are made, surprises are embraced, lessons learned, and where better days always lie ahead.
Why fight it, when I can surrender?
The quest ends. All answers disclosed.
A year; a long time. Long enough to realize the true meaning of failure, to be better and different. To forget and forgive, and embrace life’s many wonders.
The real world is a good place to be. After days and weeks and years spent floating in mid-air, walking on the feet is exhilarating; each step forward is firmer yet lighter.
The struggle to make up for lost chances eased, with the realization that sometimes, contentment is enough.
Enough to accept what is, with open arms.
Miserable thoughts make the days darker, and happy ones bring a spark of hope. No thoughts at all, there is peace.
I’ve been spending a considerable amount of time sitting on the bench, nurturing my musician’s concentration, while sunny yet breezy November days pass me right by.
Slooooow progress. But I guess, many a little makes mickle.
Occasionally I go sit by the pool, watch kids swim, maybe eat a sundae, and let my now dormant contemplative power come to the fore. Believe it or not, learning not to think incessantly is actually a not-so-easy skill to adopt.
Everything seems easier now; even when I do think, it’s hardly worrisome thoughts. Most of the time my thoughts center around the various types of love we find in life, happy moments, and the joy of pursuing a dream.
But being lighthearted is a surreal feeling, still is, after all these years. Gone with the restless mind are the need to fit in, to be less different, the wish to be elsewhere, to be someone else. And in their place, life at ease and at its best.
I’ve been searching for the longest time. A place to call home. One that grounds and secures.
Perhaps it’s somewhere among them. The people who come and go. Or hidden in a destination I have yet to reach.
Have I not looked hard enough. Because with the ever-changing surroundings, I forget easily.
Or could it be, buried within me. Concealed in thoughts.
Only I’m too afraid to stop thinking and know. Because without thoughts, what is there left?