Of rainy spring, busy days and friendships that sustain
It has been a whirlwind ride the past weeks since I came back from my overseas trip. It still amazes me how so much work can pile up in a matter of two weeks’ absence. What are we doing to ourselves?
All these maddening frenzy of chasing trains and trams, getting to the next appointment and meeting deadlines are dizzying. I am beginning to seriously ponder on my intentions. And to go there with one’s thoughts can somehow be depressing – or clarifying, depending on one’s outlook.
Dark spring clouds and downpours do not help any bit at all.
Have we ever really stopped and calculated if we got the fair end of the deal concerning the amount of time our work demands from us against how much we are actually paid to do it?
But hardly anyone does it, because to go there would be scary. To face those questions lurking at the back of our heads forces us to confront what we have given up in order to conform, in order to follow a safe path that guarantees a stable and steady income each month. Doing the opposite entails a leap of faith; courage… and these are hard to muster in uncertain economic times – another excuse. So the majority follows the path of least resistance. Kill the imagination.
On a day when my brain is stuck on that thought I received a lovely message from a friend. It is a gentle reminder from the universe, via my inbox, on the things that matter most. An excerpt reads:
“Now that spring is just around the corner we can say goodbye to the cold and snow and welcome the sun and all the new life that is budding all around us!
It was just wonderful to walk in the rain today! I felt like a kid as I purposely walked through puddles of rain making sure I would create a gigantic splash! The streets were flooded and only a few people were out and about.
Those who, for whatever reason were outdoors huddled together waiting for a tram or a bus. They stood shivering, looking impatient and angry because it robbed them of their precious time. It’s especially obvious on days like this that people seem to find it more important to be somewhere (anywhere) else than where they are at the moment.
The weather can have a dramatic effect on one’s state of mind. I find it fantastic and so comforting to know that this is the only moment that counts. It gives clarity, puts things into perspective and makes sense (at least to me)!
Having said that and bearing in mind that it’s important to live life doing things we enjoy, I will close for now saying: hope to hear from you soon!”
What a breath of much needed fresh air, a beautiful prose. I told her she should write a blog. It’s a pity that I rarely get to see her when she lives so nearby. Because life has a way of taking over our days and making us believe that the most important things are on our to-do list; those stuff penciled in on our agenda that keeps us busy everyday.
So one night when I was supposed to be somewhere else and doing something else, I said to heck with everything else on the diary.
I went out and had a wonderful dinner catching up with a friend. It was beautiful.