LIFE’s LIKE THAT

June 28th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Life   4 Comments »
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Life is neither very easy nor very difficult. My best period was school which was followed by college. After studies, it was the office. After a few years of performing office duties I got married and took care of the two kids, their education, their wedding and then one fine morning I got an order on my table that I was going to retire on January 31st.

My life went past like a machine and as it is said in any new car advertisement “0 to 60 in 10 seconds”. Yes my life was just like that. In 10 seconds I was 60 years – retired but not tired, still possessed the zeal and stamina to live it all over again, if permitted. I am a human being; I have my desires which are still unfulfilled. I wanted to learn the guitar and play the drums, join the gym, but could not due to the paucity of time and lots of duties.

Even after my retirement, now that I had the time at my disposal, I wanted to join music classes, watch my favorite TV programme, read lots of books, fiction only, read newspapers. Life after retirement appears that I have to pay the electricity, water and telephone bills, put food on the table, fill gas in the car and work like a driver for my wife 24×7.

Recently I joined the gym, went there for 4 or 5 days when I overheard two boys talking about me “This baldie asks too many questions”. I didn’t go thereafter. I pray even those two should become bald one day. I  didn’t even go to the music school either.

Where did my life go? What wrong have I done that I could not enjoy it the way I wanted it to be? Responsibilities piled on and now after retirement I have a different boss – my wife, eh! “Go get this, go fetch  that”, and I have  to do much more than I had to do in the office. Still waiting for the much needed thrill in enjoying my life the way I wanted. I wanted perfection and wanted to live by my rules but could not.

I was more interested in reading newspapers and watching BBC and CNN news. And then one day Barrack Obama said “My countrymen – we need change” and, “Yes together we can change the world.” That one sentence was quite effective and I memorized the word ‘change’ in my mind and started thinking to implement it.

Then suddenly one day my son tells me “Pa, why don’t you write blogs”. “What’s that?” I enquired. “Go sit on the net and find out for yourself”, was the reply.

I started reading other peoples blogs and still wondering in the back of my mind that if I write a blog, would people read it or like it. This question always haunted me. I knew that it is always the reader who is more important.

So I took up writing about what life is, about happiness, contentment, and have always tried to make people laugh or at least smile.

Should I write more – what do you say?

Ravi Matah

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4 Responses to “LIFE’s LIKE THAT”

  1. shalini nambiar Says:

    Beautiful article …very heart touching..leaves one emotional ..bust yes life’s like that …very soon children grow up and they don’t need you ..friends get involved with their own lives…but one has to live and what best way than to find something which one enjoys ..but please remember one only grows in numbers not mentally…the choice is yours entirely yours .it’s upto us how we want to live ..i strobgly believe..’Live each day as if it’s your last ‘….try it see it will bring an entirely different meaning to living…..do always what your heart desires….cheers nd enjoy!!

  2. Parul Says:

    I second Shalini :) Go for it and enjoy each day, wether you want to join a gym or take music lessons – do it now!

  3. Purti Kathpalia Says:

    well if its about writing as well as you do then i wish ud retired lot many years back!!cheers

  4. Meghana Says:

    Retirement is just a phase of life,not the end of life.Rather I feel after retirement u have such a lot of ample time to do things which u always wanted to do in life,but due to time constraints or responsibilities you couldn’t do.

    For my retirement its around 35 years but from now i dream what all I would do when I will have ample time.That time will be mine:)

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