It was another grateful day. I climbed up the stairs at about 11 in the night to see the stars and the moon. And all I wanted to do was lie down at the floor of the terrace and watch the stars sparkle and the moon glow.
So I opened up the gates of the terrace and sat down there. At first, it was terrifying. The stillness of the night, the darkness of the sky, the silence of the world. And the clouds moving to form different shapes first unicorns then the dragon and the demons. The ever-changing shape and movements of clouds. I tried to lie down but the surface was rough. So instead, I sat there with my head against the wall. I untangled my earplugs and put in both of my ears. Connected the other end with my mobile and opened Saavan, played a random playlist and stared at the sky.
The sky… The moon was full and glowing. I kept on staring at it longingly seeing the lights come out and spreading all over the sky. And then I gazed at the stars and counted them. I had overcome my fear. Slowly, I felt the voice of diminishing music.
“You’ve got your passion, you’ve got your pride
But don’t you know that only fools are satisfied?
Dream on, but don’t imagine they’ll all come true
When will you realize, Vienna waits for you?”
It struck me that maybe paradise is right here. The present moment. We are always in so much hurry that we fail to appreciate the little things of life. Little and simple yet beautiful and magical. Just like in the movie Before Sunset, Celine says, trying to sum up Einstein, “if you don’t believe in any kind of magic or mystery, you are basically as good as dead”.
Well, here is what Einstein said in Living Philosophies, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed…”
So why are we so curious about the future when we can enjoy the mystery of it. The present, the most beautiful gift of all, we fail to appreciate it so badly. Always in the search of something better. But no matter how hard we try, we will always miss a thing or the other. But if we keep on running, trying to get it all, we might just miss everything. Sit still for a while, sit still among the chaos and appreciate the stillness or maybe the beauty of chaos. But to appreciate it, one must observe with an open eye and the open mind. Then maybe we might get somewhere beautiful and magical. Then maybe we will embark on a magical journey.
With all these thoughts slowly vanishing in my mind, I replayed the song that I recently discovered,
“Slow down, you crazy child
You’re so ambitious for a juvenile
But then if you’re so smart, then tell me
Why are you still so afraid?
Where’s the fire, what’s the hurry about?
You’d better cool it off before you burn it out
You’ve got so much to do
And only so many hours in a day”
Vienna waits for you. So calming and so magical.
“Which is more important,” asked the Big Panda, “the journey or the destination?”
“The Company,” said Tiny Dragon.