“Instead of wondering where your next vacation is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from” – Seth Godin
As she stood on her balcony at twilight, she sees the sky above her & as always, is mesmerized by the vastness of the universe & the stars in the sky. She looks around her & is overwhelmed by the number of people on this planet & as usual, wondering how many of them are actually living?
There must be so many like her – a slave to routine due to responsibilities, obligations or just ambition. Some do it as they need financial security to protect them when life gets cruel, some do it because they haven’t really tired anything else, some do it to prove something to someone & some just do it because someone told them that it is their life’s duty to do so.
She knows there are those who love what they do but they are rare & just wired differently. They have the courage to go against the norms & try something different. She, like many others, doesn’t think like these rare dreamers & doers.
She is just another ordinary person who works at a 9-5 job because she feels it’s one of the areas in her life that is under her control. A steady income is what she needs most to sustain her independent life. She can’t afford to give that control to anyone around her. Her life consists of neutral days with sprinkles of bad & good days.
She knows that she should just seize the day & live every moment as though it would be her last but at the same time she faces reality as she realizes she can’t do both at the same time. Plus, if she lives each day as her last, wouldn’t that become routine too?
In this routine she daily tries to think up different paths of escape. These small things that help her step out of her comfort zone.
She finds her escape when she lives through the protagonist (sometimes the antagonist) in her favorite book, a TV series or a blog post, when she writes, when she meets her friends & speaks to strangers, when she people – watches at the café, when she plays the Piano, when she bakes cupcakes & cooks up fancy meals, when she goes for a walk with her headphones on – walking to her favorite songs & those moments when she is lost in her thoughts that are little adventures in disguise.
She dreams of a future, where she does & pursues all that she has always wanted to, to escape the realities of her present for it is what keeps her going each day.
She dreams of the day when her future would finally be the present she has always wished for & the day when Dr Seuss’s words “You know you’re in love (here she means in love with life) when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams” come true.