We all have set of goals in life, I had it too. Goals, for which I strived hard to emerge victorious. I committed myself to relentless work pressures, sacrificing all my pleasures in order to create a well-heeled future. Eventually, I was able to achieve all those things which once seemed impossible. What next?
I was content for creating a lucrative career after years of ceaseless hard work, but subsequently realized that I somewhere failed to enjoy the small delights of my life. Waking up early in the morning, all I knew that I had to rush to my office with caffeine down my throat, in order to drag myself to the insipid cubicle. The morning glow of the sun, the warmth which could liberate me from the unwavering blues was just an alien phenomenon to me. I took the sight of the vehicles loitering on the already jammed roads, instead of enjoying a healthy morning ritual. Slouching on an ergonomic chair in the air-conditioned room; my eyes caught attention of the travel ads which were trying to entice me with the enchanting views. I felt like barging out of the office door, desperately wanting to take a break and witnessing those spell binding views. But one glance on the task list and all those thoughts got wiped off.
Losing myself to the nature, listening to the cold winds whispering in my ears, as I stand on the edge of the snow-clad mountains. The sharp turns of the steep roads, making me feel like a young bird that has just learnt to fly. Cold waters touching my feet as I slowly soak my legs in the flowing river. The sun bidding adieu, and slowly leaving me with a faint trail of stars. All these just remained as beautiful, mere thoughts.
Years went by . . . sitting in the balcony of a plush apartment; I observe the hustle and bustle of the busy city life. Life, which I was once a part of. Regretting over those beautiful destinations, I never got to visit. The reasons behind the wide smiles, on the faces of the strangers living there were never found. The roads which had various stories to tell remained untold. The fascinating stares of the moment never happened.
In order to increase the zeros on my paycheck, I got so drowned in the run of success that I forgot I had a life outside my office walls. It had so much to offer and so much to take back. It had umpteen dreamy surprises which I neglected and ended up kicking myself for the considerable loss.
That was my story, don’t make it yours. Let travelling be the spice of your life and discover new experiences by going off the beaten track. It’s all about today, it’s all about now. As Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowline’s, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in you sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.”