When the World leaves us behind!
Life is never the same; each stage is different. We need to plan and get prepared as modern lifestyles can leave us behind before we know it. The lonely ride to sunset years is not exclusive to our species.
We are all part of the world, feel blessed to partake in the joys even as we try to forget our setbacks and hope this life can go on forever. But soon, those around us tend to leave us behind – a sad reality that the majority goes through. These are harsh times and people have to look ahead and periodically shed their excess baggage! Even in the animal kingdom, if one becomes a burden others move on; we see the heartbreaks of mothers when their young cannot make it in life. The old and the infirm are left behind as the herd marches on. Even the mighty male lions take their lonely walk into their sunset years when younger ones take over their pride killing their offspring even! We are more civilized in this respect at least!
Stages of Life
Few try to plug every loophole in every conceivable way. Accumulate gold when currencies are suspect, bomb-proof shelters at homes, twenty-four hour surveillance to keep out intruders! But enemies, sometimes, live too close in the most unsuspecting of places! Life can take a cruel turn and the uncertainty becomes the only certainty. When we are inured of such, we are ensured a good ride!
Each has own take on life and the world around us. We also change every five years or so. When one is in the pink of health the whole world is at our beck and call, but when health is on terminal decline one has to depend on others, and our perception changes overnight! As we slip into old age, things turn sour for some. Attitudes count and independence too, but is not the world getting harsher on those who cannot run with the crowd?
We try to keep up-to-date, know the latest fads to partake in conversations with gusto, but there are limits when our time is nigh. We can put up pretences only to some extent! Our creaking bones give away and we cry out for help to tide over our days! Loneliness is daunting when others have to live their hurried lives.
Mind can steady our ride
It can get worse as the world is spinning faster. Sorry, nature is the same but we are restless in a rather negative way! The good things are mundane, not that exciting. Filling our stomachs is just ordinary and we seek the thrill outside the ordinary. These are becoming the new normal. We accept all as we baulk at questioning the direction; old is not considered imbued with wisdom anymore. Attitudes change for our species. When the stomachs are empty we have issues, but they don’t get easier when our stomachs are full either. It is all in our mind, have to anchor it!
Thank life's little mercies
We all go through phases in life. Earlier times, in traditional societies, multi-generations lived under one roof. Now independence is the clarion call, all love to call their shots; true independence and freedom at play! The old gets left behind when they are at their most vulnerable!
Each healthy day is a gift for us, able to get up and be up and about. But nothing is assured anytime. The same world and people look different soon. We can all adjust if we want to but the real experience is felt only when we go through them! We then crave for compassion, empathy and understanding. That seems to dry up among many, but with few making a valiant effort to fill the void
Choices to suit us
Everyone admires a winner. When young we admire the rich but as we get older we have to look for the kind-hearted! But are they not sprinkled amid us to come to our rescue when the few we counted upon desert us? Someone fills the void; our Creator prompts them till our final departure is confirmed!
When we run with the crowd, let us also pause whether such a race makes much meaning. Filling our time comes easy, but do our activities add to a meaningful life to savor at the end of the day? Again, it is our perception of life and the real drama could unfold when we are done with here! But still, let us take a deep breath and pause. We do not need much anyway and let the few with passion run their race! Why compete with them just to add to the numbers? We all have better choices; find and exercise them. Then we have a good ride till the end, and get better prepared!