Saturday, February 14, 2015

Feb 14, 2015.

Today is Valentine's day. The strange thing about consumerism is that even if you want to keep away from it, it tags along. And so I have let myself get carried away with it. I seem to know the reason for it; it is because we all need a reason to celebrate. Sometimes it feels like we have weddings, kids etc. to find a reason to celebrate. The funny thing is that there is a reason to celebrate everyday, but we still seek occasions. The people who benefit from it are the companies that create this aura around 'days', we could say. But I feel those people too believe in this, the more 'days' we have the more avenues we get to shift our focus from our daily lives.

What's so amazing about our lives that we must celebrate everyday? As a child I remember, I was amazed that the sun showed up everyday to mark the beginning of what we call day. Sometimes I was happy to stare at it and wonder how powerful it must be to light up the whole world. The moss on our compound wall would amaze me, how does this happen I wondered. I waited for the Gulmohar trees outside our building to bloom with red flowers because their red color made me happy. The ants that walked in line never failed to surprise me; I remember being generous with giving sugar to the floor of the house, till I got scolded for that, but I didn't mind that so much. Yes, we have all grown up, and somehow don't have time for these. But there are other things; like the streets that I drive the car on, they have so many patterns. The co-drivers on the road who sometimes cut me off, follow the rules, wave at me tell me about a flat tyre, or a sudden construction on the road which throws all of our routines out of the window, everything just amazes me. My work; my students, my colleagues, their points of view, their emotions, their happiness, their problems - each day brings with it some newness, new learning, that completely warrants a celebration.

Most of all my dog and my partner, they have so many new things everyday for me to learn and observe, which tells me that everyday must be a celebration. Do I have disease, yes I do. Am I upset sometimes; yes I am. But even that amazes me, because that tells me something new about myself, like I am discovering a new part of me each day, just like I am discovering you. Everyday is a day of love and discovery, so may be we should gift ourselves something everyday - like a view, or a run on grass, or just a hot cup of tea, nail paint, a new clip for the hair, or a smile at ourselves when we look into the mirror. Then we don't need celebrations as diversions from routine, they will be a part of who we are and how wonderful that would be! Then probably we will have less ostentatious weddings, birthdays and also spare the world from 'must-have' kids and lover's days! That would indeed be a world of celebrations! :-)