The cloudy sky today reminds me of another such cloudy day about three years back. It was my birthday, I was in Spain, travelling, all by myself, fulfilling my wish of exploring the foreign land, solo. I did not plan the day on purpose and set out for a spontaneous adventure. Some impromptu thinking was followed by the decision to board the train that would take me to my destination.
I sat gazing out of the window, as my train chugged slowly, on its way to Montserrat. Montserrat is a pristine, peaceful monastery, just about an hour away from Barcelona. As my train crept up through the quiet, dramatic rock formations, the beauty of the place leisurely unravelled. And as the train was getting closer and closer to Montserrat, the distant towns like little hamlets, at the foot of the mountains were getting smaller and smaller.
From the great height, almost the top of the mountain, the parishes appeared very beautiful and serene. They quietly stood there, adding to the magnificence of the nature around them. I was just wondering if the people in those towns knew how beautiful their place actually was. Did they know how picturesque their life seemed from up here? How many of them would have actually travelled up here and seen their little dwellings from this distance. I am sure they are busy going about their lives, dealing with the mundanity of everyday, schools, colleges, work, families, chores, the same cycle from dawn to dusk. I only wished if they could see, what I was seeing.
And at that very instant I had a realisation. A realisation that this whole situation resonated with my own. I was far away from home, traveling around in different countries. On one hand, with every passing day, I was increasingly in awe of the beauty of the foreign lands, but on the other, I yearned for my own place, my home, my people, my country and how we live. At that moment, I felt like I was one of those town dwellers, just that I was seeing my life from a distance. And that was exactly what was making me realise how beautiful my own life was. The daily life madness had made me myopic to the beauty I was a part of. Distance gave me the answers.
And so, I sincerely wish that all of us, take some time off, set off for a distance, to sit on that perceptive perch, to witness and feel the bliss in our lives, and come back happy and content, as never before. That is all! 🙂