The life I’m leading #FridayReflections
. Did you think you’d be doing what you’re currently doing in life? Write a personal essay.
I sit by myself, alone in the dim light. The comforting sound of the dishwasher keeps me company as does a hum of electric current . Far away from my comfort zone of Mumbai and its chaotic madness, in another world , another time zone. I have time to think and contemplate – a rare chance in my busy world.
And I think to myself did I ever imagine I’d be here in New Jersey on a full moon night in October?
For that matter what did I imagine I’d be doing ?
What I imagined doesn’t matter because I don’t remember it any more.
Did I think I’d be a teacher? Facing bored children day after day. Flinging chalks that screeched on blackboards, trailing dust along the way?
Or did I imagine I’d sign treaties and shake hands with politicians. Hobnobbing with diplomats and policy makers shaping the destiny of my country?
Perhaps I’d paint my dreams on canvas. Vivid pictures that transformed my thoughts into images . Wild , bold and delicate too . Like brittle lace .
Or did I imagine I’d be saving lives like a noble doctor fighting germs ? Or be an inventor or explorer ?
But did I really imagine my life would be anything but ordinary? I doubt it , for when I see more clearly, I see a life is quite extra ordinary in its ordinariness.
I never imagined I’d be immersed in babies and nappies and cuddles and gurgles. In sippy cups, car seats and Diaper Genies. Capturing thoughts in stolen moments . Tip tapping on a flat, tiny screen. Wireless, keyless . Yet capable of reaching out to millions more than those reachable by printed word.
Driving down highways in a huge big car that swallows me up in its largeness. Hearing twangs in different voices, sharing words with complete strangers .
It doesn’t matter what I thought I’d do . What matters is that I’m happy doing what I’m doing now and grateful that I can do it too.
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Responding to the prompt
Did you think you’d be doing what you’re currently doing in life? Write a personal essay.