JournalismPakistan.com January 10, 2015
Read a nice line. If you want to fly drop all the crap that weighs you down. Kind of true. We carry so much baggage we don’t need. Figuratively and literally. Just look at our airports and people lugging mounds of stuff. Stuff they do not need, stuff they won’t use, just a sort of visual security that they are someone.
Mentally, we have found convenient cop outs. Duty. Commitment. No choice. Narrowing our path and our options. Hunting for status symbols that keep us anchored, steel anklets that won’t let us move, specially worn for society’s approval. Exhausting energies on the promotions, competing with colleagues, blurring our aims and ambitions, seeing success through a crooked prism, allowing ourselves to suffer the drag of obligations when we could cut all these by half and be that much lighter and if we did it rather than cling to the ‘weights’ you would be surprised how our closed options opened up.
Then as the years pass, we get so accustomed to flying low and we don’t have the booster rocket to seek another level, finding virtue in the status quo.
Look around you. Just take a desk drawer as an example. If you were to turn it over and spill the contents it would be the perfect example of your life. Full of useless stuff. Used stubs. Wedding cards where the couple now have children. Airline boarding passes. A theatre program from a foreign trip years back. A dime. Meds in a strip five years out of date. A note with a scribble you cannot decipher. An expired contract. Ear drops that have congealed. An empty spectacle case. An envelope with a phone number of someone you can no longer recall. Debris of no consequence.
Move it up a notch. Your cupboards are full of useless things. Your suitcases even more. We hoard and hoarding has weight and it keeps us rooted.
Abs right. You want to fly drop the crap.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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