Wednesday, July 09, 2008

The Way we were

I have not been blogging the last week, due to the California wildfire., No I am not anywhere near one, but my sinus were clogged with the air being so bad, that I couldn’t get through typing one word without tearing up or sneezin.
So apologize to all my regular reads, I will be surely around to post my comments this week.

This week was hectic to say the least, but a trip to Napa seemed to blow the spider webs away and this week I’m nearly back to my cheerful (ahemm! ) opinionated self.

A pal of mine had her interview published in the paper and I am so kicked for her. I remember the time in school when we all used to sit around and wonder what each one would be. She would always be the optimist, and everything had a fairy tale ring to her view of things. To my utter delight, I noticed not much had changed. She still managed to stick to reality but made the article seem to be so filled with happiness. Congrats Sheets, and best wishes again for an amazing future

Discussing school with a couple of friends, this week really had me wondering about the paths we choose. I know a lot of people say that we grow into adults when we face reality. But is reality a pair of glasses we put on to see the world in a harsher light ? . I know personally, that in my school girl dreams, I wanted to change the world for the better by the time I was twenty five and meet my charming prince by the time I was 26. Though the second happened (K is reading this :) ), the first dream now I realize requires time, money and lot of dedication However I also know that I need to handle family first, before changing what lies outside. Donating to a charity or working for voluntary organizations does go a little way towards eradicating illiteracy or poverty, but the head filled with ideas seems to now look onto the obstacles facing those same ideas. I know for a fact that I didn’t dream of sitting attached to a laptop 12 hours a day, but in reality I know that work will help me get to a better place in the end. And I don’t mean monetary, but that definitely has a part to play. Its because Bill Gates is financially secure (understatement, I know!!) that he is able to quit and work with his foundation. How many men and woman can do that? Its not merely a requirement to gather wealth but also a need to be responsible to the people who depend on you. And as you grow that responsibility seems to grow not only towards family but towards yourself . A pal of mine said it would be a non stop cycle that we take on - family, kids , retirement and finally death. That sounded so bleak to me!It's like to we keep earning only to survive till the day we die.

When I did my Masters, there was always a thought in my head ,that after I get sufficient experience I would quit to join a voluntary organization .We at school, were so filled with ideas and notions, it seemed to be easy to do our jobs, but yet commit to a higher cause. I know that some of my friends do both and are super beings in their own right. But most of us get sucked into the daily mechanisms of meetings, calls and emails.With barely enough time of rest and quiet, let alone cleaning up the world or even for a game of chess.

This story on PBS however gave me a much needed boost. Purnima McCutcheon seems to encompass, all things that I would like to do. To leave a high paying job, to help people in need , captures the essence of our humanity. It takes courage and a good heart. Also it takes a minute to step back and let go of all the adult requirements we have.

I know each person wants to go back to their childhood dreams, be it as simple as flying a plane or as grandiose as changing the world. And if we reach deep inside and look for that place, which we imagined as a child ,I’m sure that the letting go of our current problems would be a much easier task to do

Now for the smile

Area 51
You've heard of the Air Force's ultra-high-security, super-secret base in Nevada, known simply as "Area 51?"

Well, late one afternoon, the Air Force folks out at Area 51 were surprised to see a Cessna landing at their "secret" base. They immediately impounded the aircraft and hauled the pilot into an interrogation room.

The pilot's story was that he took off from Vegas, got lost, and spotted the Base just as he was about to run out of fuel. The Air Force started a full FBI background check on the pilot and held him overnight during the investigation.

By the next day, they were finally convinced that the pilot really was lost and wasn't a spy. They gassed up his airplane, gave him a terrifying "you-did-not-see-a-base" briefing, complete with threats of spending the rest of his life in prison, told him Vegas was that-a-way on such-and-such a heading, and sent him on his way.

The next day, to the total disbelief of the Air Force, the same Cessna showed up again. Once again, the MP's surrounded the plane... only this time there were two people in the plane.

The same pilot jumped out and said, "Do anything you want to me, but my wife is in the plane and you have to tell her where I was last night!"

Keep Smiling ppl



Blogger Keshi said...

**"Do anything you want to me, but my wife is in the plane and you have to tell her where I was last night!"


TC of ur health Anu. I was wondering where u were.


6:46 PM  
Blogger CM-Chap said...

Very true...

after I get sufficient experience I would quit to join a voluntary organization - A thought which many of us have... but mostly not implemented isn't it..

8:50 PM  
Blogger SMM said...

Ya sinus is also having the same problem for the past week cuz of weather fluctuations here....

Yes schoolgirl dreams are generally very idealistic, romantic and utopian - that's what makes it fun for us to go back to those days

8:53 PM  
Blogger Scribblers Inc said...

ha haha...brilliant...if thats a real story, I could probably be a friend of the pilot and tell him that I am a friend of his and he toldme to check out the place!!:)

Scribblers Inc.

7:09 AM  
Blogger Chakra said...

Recently I was going through my old autograph book (I used one in Class X) that had questions like 'what do you aim to be after 10 yrs'.. The answers were all like 'CEO of Pepsi, President of USA, Social Activist who would donate everything for everyone' etc..

At the age of 15, either most of us were incapable of dreaming realistically or people have been way too ambitious. Most of the blokes who signed that autograph book have turned out to be silly software pros. :)

8:18 AM  
Blogger uma kumar said...

i perfectly understand ur situation once i asked my frined this predicament i had ...he said 'follow ur intuiton '
every society lays down a model of what one needs to achieve to be successful....and we start searching these things be it a job,family...etc...and thus our dreams are lost

there is always a gap between what we dream...and what we end up with...
however we can follow a midway..even if we cant become A 'mother theresa" or 'medha padkar'
as we dont have that much courage to leave everything and do what we actually want

what is ur midway?


3:11 AM  
Blogger kaushik said...

There is a charm in the childhood optimism. As you grow old, you know, that it needs an extra-human effort to fulfill that I-will-change-the-world-around-me dream. All of us are materialistic in some sense, and it is a lot of effort to forgo money and a good life.

But, there are days like this, when you reflect back on your enthusiasm, and try to some small little good. That also is great. Because, every great new change, is a sum of many small little changes.

I read this sometime back, and it is quite relevant here:

''The whole history of civilization is a study in leaps and pauses. For a year, ten years, a century, mankind will stand still, content to do as father and grandfather did. Then something will ferment in the soul of the race, a great reformer or pioneer or prophet will arise, and all the little reformers will do their bit towards pushing along to the next stage in our development.

I want to be one of these reformers. I am content to make a virtue of necessity and modestly disclaim to be a great reformer; I am resigned to being one of the myriad little ones; but I propose to be a very good little one...''

Go do your little thing, and don't think that it is not too much.

BTW, I have been meaning to do something also. I just need to take a break from being lazy.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Anu said...

@keshi : Much better now, so will be around to comment more

@CM: Exactly my point. The world will be a better place if it did get implemented

@SMM: Hope your feeling better and your right about schoolgirl days

@scribblers : :D

@Chakra : I know each one cant become great.. but to make a change in one persons life.. is it that hard?

@Uma : Good question.. but dont you think the midway seems to be more towards immeadiate needs than general good?

@Kaushik:Loved the idea of little reformer.. I am so totally guilty of being lazy too

3:03 PM  
Blogger Fantasies of a Lifetime said...

How true on the school girl dreams . . .I had said to myself that once i start working i would teach in an orphanage on weekends. .But laziness got into me and most of my school girl dreams hasnt happened. .

The joke was really good :D

9:22 PM  
Blogger My Musings said...

Anu, at timess, life asks so much and we give so little that we dont know what we give, how much we give,
dreams make life special, but for some, they are more like the will-o'-the-wisp. its equally important for the dreams to be solid substantial things, so that we knew what we chase and its visible enough to give us a vision,,,

we all end up being materialstic, taking things for granted and settling in for the rest, leaving out the best!!!what we once dreamT!!!

and you need not always end up working for a voluntary organization, Aleast be ther for one day a week, teach, spend time! tats enough! but when life asks so much, we give everything including what we once wanted to be! and @ last become nothing!!

2:23 AM  
Blogger ani said...

itss soo good to have u back dearryyy

and yup must say she's one hell of a lady to spring her self to a totally different continent and help the people there..

and by the way nice smaile as always.. hehe especially the "tell where I was last night to my wife" bit lol

take care

3:05 AM  
Blogger Ani said...

Well written. Its a talent to be able to pen ur thots ..something that I over the years seem to rarely be able to do so.
I think if every person (or even half of them in this world) does 1 act of goodness per day, the whole world can be a much happier place. But like u said, it takes a lot of guts ..a lot... to be like Poornima or certain others I know.

Neway ...yep ..2 Meenaxi songs ..but 2 really gud ones nevertheless. And the remaining songs are also spot on.
One of the reasons why I hear ARR is the peace and tranquility factor in it.


9:53 AM  
Blogger Lakshmi said...

lol..nice post and am glad you got back to writing..Well, we all have our dreams and Im sure we will get there

12:52 AM  
Blogger Anu said...

@Vishnupriya : Exactly my point. I think it takes effort to get out of our lives and its problems to get involved in other causes

@Barath :Wow ..profound. I think more than life, its what we expect from ourselves. And I think that as we grow up , these expectations take a different route

@Ani D : Will definitely let her know your comment :)!

@Ani : Thanks... yeah he brings happiness to all those who hear him

@lakshmi: I hope so feverently

8:15 PM  

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