Friday, August 21, 2009

Stopped To Smell The Roses

Ques: So what have you been doing these days? (With an accusingly evil glint in the eyes)

Ans: I confess to have been sitting on the fence refusing to make up my mind. But in my defense I say I'm taking some time to smell the roses before I succumb to the daily grind.

And indeed there will be time
For the yellow smoke that slides along the street,
Rubbing its back upon the window-panes;
There will be time, there will be time
To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet;
There will be time to murder and create,
And time for all the works and days of hands
That lift and drop a question on your plate;
Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of a toast and tea.

(From T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock)

One of the things that I've learnt in retrospect is that it's okay to not be a part of the rat race and its okay if you don't get there first. It's okay to take your own sweet time before you reach a decision, and that most of these decisions are not life and death ones anyways. There's always room for amending/improvising or just simply not adhering to your previous visions. Some may call it frivolousness but I call it evolution.

So unless you're Hamlet whose acts of delay & indecision eventually lead to his death, I say its okay to take some time off, chuck that job in a windowless office, get out of a rut, not be no.1, procrastinate endlessly, holiday in the bahamas or (in my case) stop and smell the roses... As long as it makes you happy!