The other day while browsing the internet I came across this lovely quote “You are not here to just work, wait for weekends and pay rent”. It is so relevant today where most people are just working 9 am to 9 pm (some even later than that), there are no evenings; the day starts and before one realises it is night. Weekend is the only time left for catching up with lost sleep, friends or relations (Some use it for catching up with laundry too).
Most of us are over working ourselves to get enough salary to pay house rents, loans or school fee of kids. The expenditures are sky rocketing because each one of us wants a good house to live in (Each person has his own definition of a good house), have a good/big car and send the kids to the best(?) available school. If we cut down our requirements from a good house to a decent house, big car to a good car and the best school to a good school the expenditure will be nearly halved and maybe (maybe) we won’t have to keep ourselves busy over long working hours.
Social activities are generally restricted to office get-togethers over the weekend. There is hardly any bonding and the relationships generally only last as long as people are working in the same company. People have developed expertise in staying lonely in a crowd. If you closely observe the crowd on a Metro station it appears like a sea of humans with each one unaware of the person of the others, earphones stuck in the ears, ears listening to some music but the mind busy analysing something else at the same time. There is no time for leisure, everybody is busy moving.
There is hardly anyone seen reading a book in a train; majority is busy browsing the net, answering mails / messages. Books, rather print media as such have become the biggest casualty of the fast-changing lifestyle. Not just in the trains, the books are not seen much at homes also too (Other than the school books of kids)
Whatever time one gets at home, before hitting the bed, is usually spent checking the mails (or whatsapp??) or watching TV. The body is too tired to listen to pay enough attention to the parents or the kids.
Select your aim of life carefully…..
Life can be certainly much better than the mess we have developed it into. The paucity of time we all feel always is our own creation; because of our inabilities to differentiate between needs, wants and desires. There is no doubt that hard work is must for achieving any aim but then the art of selecting the right aim doesn’t come easy to everyone. If at the very outset a wrong aim has been selected then we will only keep going around in circles and never reach the set goal.