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.

Linking this post with#FridayReflections hosted by SanchieVee .

Responding to the prompt

Did you think you’d be doing what you’re currently doing in life? Write a personal essay.


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A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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9 Responses

  1. Ami says:

    Interesting. When I ponder back, I think some of the stuff which I imagined I would be doing, I am kind of doing. And for those which I am not, maybe, I still have time to make it happen. A die-hard optimist …that I am!
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  2. Ness says:

    Yes exactly, who could have predicted that the internet would exist and all the possibilities it brings! You’re right, it doesn’t matter what you imagined as long as you’re happy now.

    I did imagine being a mother, but I thought I’d be a lot better at it! Nice work with the prompt.
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  3. I can relate to that feeling….Last night, I saw the full moon and how majestic, and elegant it looked against the backdrop of a serene sky. If I were an artist, I would paint it on a canvas…but I am not, so I just let the moment in…..showing the moon to my kids who were more amazed and wanted to reach it…..Happiness is the most difficult thing to keep, but if one is happy, one is living life well!

  4. Rajlakshmi says:

    and that is all that matters doesn’t it. To be happy in whatever we do – big or small.
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  5. Yes, we always think that we would be doing something extraordinary and never think about doing something ordinary. But we need to be happy with what we do.
    Reema D’souza recently posted…6 things I wanted to be when I was a kidMy Profile

  6. Tina Basu says:

    aww… you are an adorable grand ma Sunita. Yes we all probably had thought of something and became something. But I know of my dad’s story. he always wanted to be a doctor like his dad and he became one against all odds! That calls for a post actually
    Tina Basu recently posted…#FridayReflections – What I wanted to be, what I am doingMy Profile

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