Sunday, November 19, 2006

Sound Justification?

Sometimes, we get so caught up with the rigmaroles of mundane life that we fail to notice the simple things right under our nose. When was the last time you got the highest in marks in class? Was it last semester? When was the last time you wrote the best essay and won accolades for you ideas? Last month? When was the last time you went to a night club and danced away? Last weekend? When was the last time you were reminded of your megalomaniac future plans and how much you want to earn in life? Last night?

And when was the last time you actually stopped on your way to class to admire the beauty of the lake and the ducks paddling in the water? When was the last time you stopped in your tracks to see what the slight noise of something behind the trees was all about? When was the last time you stopped to admire the blue sky, the different colors of birds, or simply the variations in the shapes and sizes of the clouds in the sky? When was the last time that you actually got rid of the rain jacket and drenched yourself in the rain, uncaring if you will catch a cold or if you will be able to make it to the class on time? When was the time you chased a butterfly, a duck, or a squirrel?

I know it is not right to go to a class late. It was a gorgeous, sunny day, and I was on my way to the class, heavy books in hand, concepts in my brain, and ambitious dreams in my eyes. And then, I sensed some movement near the tree trunk. I knew I should be ignoring it and make a move instead. And what did I do?

There are times like this when you don’t really feel guilty walking into a class late or cooking up some weird excuse to your friends for the delay. For more than what I have learnt sitting in the comfortable confines of closed walls, I have had my share of learning here.




Sudipta Chatterjee said...

The squirrel has a stalker!! :)

Lovely pics... and yes it requires someone human enough to stop by and appreciate the nature around us before we get lost in the artificial rules and bindings. Reaching the class late is a small price to pay to keep the little child in you alive: here's wishing all the best to the budding photographer!

Inim Aduos said...

Are you taking a PhD in photography or any kind of art like writing? I hope so. Otherwise this creation of God is going to waste!

dharmu said...

lucky chimpu!!!

you made him a page 3 hero? er...or was it blogspot hero???

flyaway mind said...

hmmm..that was cool..afterall, what fun is there, sitting half-drooping through those boring lectures everyday..heehee :)