Sometimes we remember the moment, not the person

Life is made of moments. We go overboard in happiness and become tear-eyed in sad moments, especially the parting one. Without moments, life would be incomplete. What are these moments? I am not referring to your daily work schedule as moments. Moments are the happy events that you cherish for a lifetime. Everything is special in that moment – the first day to school, first friendship, first haircut, first pocket money, first bike ride, first college bunk and the first kiss of love. I still remember my twelfth birthday when all the guests had arrived to my home to wish me. I was no less than a celebrity at that time, throwing starry tantrums to get all the limelight on that birthday moment. I remember the moment, but not the people. Today when I was celebrating my 38th birthday I was missing the people who graced that moment and made my childhood birthday special. Sadly, half of them have either left the city and half of them are no longer in this world.

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our own world that we forget to thank the person who made the moment beautiful with his presence and gift. Ironically we remember the gift, but not the one who gifted it. When was the last time had you called your school teacher personally and showed your concern? Had you ever thought of thanking the lady peons who took care of you in your school time? Did you show a caring concern for a long lost friend who gave you money on credit when your pockets were empty? Today I regret those lost moments when I didn’t thank even a single person who made my moments special with his helpful presence.

Regardless of whether you have 3G or 4G speed on your mobile devices, it is worthless if you have forgotten the people who cared about you. We share our photographic moments on Instagram with our virtual friends, but don’t bother to invite our friends on happy occasions. If you are thankless to the world, world will be thankless to you. Human being is a social animal. He needs people around him. No matter how reserved I may be, but I need someone in whom I can confide my feelings. Nowadays, we earn money, but don’t earn affections. In today’s world, this article may sound out dated because people are more inclined towards money, not relationships. Money can fetch partnerships, alliances and business bonding, but cannot buy heart felt feelings. It cannot bring back the moments you shared with your loved ones. Though today I may be earning lakhs of rupees, but I cannot forget the money my friend gave to me during my difficult days.

I really connect with Ranbir Kapoor’s character from 2013 movie – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani where Ranbir goes on a world tour leaving behind his family and friends.He gets so engrossed in his career and money that he doesn’t realize that he has lost his father and disconnected from his old friends. When Ranbir returns back, he realizes that he is all alone now. Today when I look back, I realize how alone I am. No matter how helpful I may be, I will be forgotten someday. I will be just a photographic memory for my closed ones.

Friends, let’s not forget the people who made your moment special with their cheerful presence. Life is too short to be little. I hope that after reading this article, you will make an attempt to call back the people who really cared for you.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Chetan J. Somaiya says:

    I guess it is important for all to take a step back and think, is social media getting everyone near or making them alone? Because of the all the media apps most of us are missing the “moments”. Well written.

  2. Zoeb says:

    A terrific article on the importance of mere moments as against the entirety of one’s life. Brilliant, Prashant

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