17 Feb 2016: Life Is An Unknown Playlist

Life Is An Unknown Playlist

Went for a walk today after a really long 2 week break. Took my mobile along so that the music on it could keep me company. Surprising as this may sound, the songs in my phone keep playing in a loop, so I have to keep clicking ‘Next’ every time a song ends and I wish to hear another one.

Well, the technology savvy among you would laugh your heads off at what seems like only a minuscule alteration I’d have to make to get the songs playing in line. Well! while that may be the technologically challenged me; the philosophical me learnt a valuable life lesson even from this aberration.

Just like to Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get”, to me today it seemed like “Life is like an unknown playlist”. Especially one gifted to you by a close friend, so although you trust that it’s gonna be great you still don’t know what’s in-store.

Now, since you don’t know what’s gonna come up next in the playlist, you play safe and keep listening to the number you like, in a loop.
Just like in life, we tend to hold on to all the good things, good moments and good people that happen to us.

That’s when you realise that no matter how much you like the song; beyond a certain point it gets repetitive and you long for a change. But, if you were to hear the same number once in a while, you’d still love and enjoy it just as much.
Much like our obsession with people, places, things or moments. Doesn’t matter how much you like them; you must let the next song play. Too much even of a good thing gets to you after a while. So, let go and enjoy the good things sparingly.

And lastly, until you allow the next song to play, you will not know what you were missing out on. For all you know the next song’s gonna be even better than the one you were adamantly hanging onto and replaying.
Even if it’s a crappy number, the bright side is its going to end anyways or you could press “next”.
Every moment and every person you meet in life, may not turn out to be the best or your favourite but just like a playlist you must keep moving on to the next.

Shutting off the playlist completely, could be an option, here as well as in life, but whose loss is it gonna be? Yours, either way, right!!!!!!
So, even through the pain, suffering and heartache……keep moving.

We hold the remote to the playlist in our hands just like we hold our destiny, too . The songs and people we like, we must keep them forever and treasure them on our playlist and in our hearts even if they may not always be with us.
You can only truly enjoy them when they play after set intervals and not in a loop. Give the ones you love space and time.
The ones we do not like, we must deliberately delete from our list and life or be willing to endure and allow them to play out.

Life must move on; all in the eternal hope that the bad number will eventually end and the next song’s always going to be better.

In the words of the world’s favourite scotch, “Keep Walking.”


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