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Love your Life
And be grateful to it, always. And show your gratitude by not staying away from its challenges …. Live a bit beyond your capacities.
This is my favorite quote since my college days and continues to inspire me as always.
I like to live life with full zeal, not cake walk through it but to get a bit adventurous and meet its challenges. I Cherish’ The Life’ with all of its shades and offerings. Yes, loving one’s life as it is; accepting reality yet pushing boundaries inch by inch to make what you want to be a reality is the purpose is it not?
I just look back to my childhood to what and all mattered to me as a child and try to provide those little joys to my Girls. Money is not in the frame and things close to heart seldom need money. Birthdays are not grand events in our households, but just on her birthday my sweet little girl will be a beaming Princess. In fact she will be so engrossed in playing with her buddies she forgets eating and drifts into sleep very early.
And moving ahead in life without even thinking what’s going to come or ‘what I will do’ is the most healthy way of living I think. Remember! in childhood did we plan elaborately, what to do next day or next week; no we just jumped out of bed ate something rushed out to play without any pre plans. Only basics of life brought us back to home is it not? But responsibilities as adults make us plan meticulously but we still can afford to be childlike with kids is it not?
When I see people who get irritated by small kid’s giggles or mischief ; wonder what material they are made of. Why cannot they see the beauty in life? I just love those twinkling eyes and unadulterated smiles and my younger daughter scaring me off daily after her school with a ‘Boo’ too. Indeed I await eagerly for my Daughters’ to return from school and to share their stories. My younger one loves to interrupt her sister just to get scolding from her and tells silly stories as she has not prepared any. I enjoy their fights yet get irritated at times, shout and give up referee job for a while and sit back to see them break each others bones.
Being a teen is one’s Life’s best part isn’t it, well may be. If you ask a teen, she will roll her eyes ask you in turn” is it?” At least it was a great time for me. Instead of longing for those days and lamenting we cannot get it back I started a teen’s life again.
With my bubbly Teen daughter and younger one still of age in single digit but who thinks she’s a teen already; we have energy in our house hold as well as Masti (but no teeny dressing, it’s not my cup of tea anymore) . From listening to funny stories of my daughters and mine added to them; to dissecting Movies and their stars with full zeal; we talk endlessly. He has to show up and shout at us as he will be tired. Weekends he will also join in but not girly stuff he resents as you can guess just kidding. I text my not so teeny friends few respond likewise few will never reply but our hostel girl gang or college and school groups are stuck in time where we left. Sing songs at the top of my lungs and my hubby as well as my younger daughter make faces teasingly. We three laugh watching comedy shows and punishment of watching Nobita and Ninja Hatori is extended as history repeats itself, but I like Chota Bheem.
We all love to get soaked in Rains and when it starts raining my elder daughter will look at me with a twinkle in her eyes and a broad smile. (In fact I and my husband will get scared whenever she smiles broadly with that twinkle; its petition time, you know) Three of us will rush to our terrace to get drenched. We three fight over a piece of Chocolate usually his share which he never eats! We have Ice creams together party with daughters’ friends as we all are friends now. This is my way of connecting with my children but is not his way. You cannot make a Lion eat grass I mean Ice creams and Chocolates okay!
I remember how happy we were soon after our wedding Maa and Bapa will take care of bigger things, his brothers and friends showered unconditional affection and adulation, sister in laws turned sisters, cute kids revolved around me calling ’kaki; kaki’ whole day .we played all those baby games together and each passing day was a celebration. But now I cannot expect same picturesque household much water has flown down the river, but still sister in laws’ can have friendly chat, I play the Maa figure organizing get together (stressful for me but happy time for all).
Holi is not celebrated in Chennai as in my hometown in Karnataka,where we had late night ‘Kaama dahana’ and all that shouting obscene words by exuberant boys who get an opportunity to chant banned lingo. Next morning will be Holi with all kids in the colony sometimes not sparing passing by elders as well.
I arrange small Holi celebration with my girls and her school friends and they enjoy immensely. It’s a way of providing what we got in our childhood, right! If you don’t have create it, though overwhelming at times its worth it.
A simple thought, “The most difficult task is to make everybody happy, the simplest task is to be happy with everyone. Purpose is the same.”