Changing perspectives

A few years ago, I was on a flight from Jaipur to Bangalore.

As soon as the flight took off, the plane ran into the kind of turbulence I had never encountered before — it was getting violently tossed up and down. Sometimes, it felt like the plane was in free fall for a second or so, and then it would abruptly jerk up.

At one point, I even asked my fellow passengers to see if the airplane wing was ok!

At that time, all I wanted was to come out alive. I promised myself that if I make it safely, I would not ask for anything else from life.

After about 8-10 min, we were out of the turbulence and the rest of the flight was uneventful.

However, as soon as I landed I got caught up in the daily grind, and a few days later, I had completely forgotten my promise to not want anything else from life. I was back to cribbing about the zillion things that made my life terrible.

How our perspective changes! Just a few days ago, all I wanted was to be alive. Now — “What was the big deal?”

We normalize all the good things in our life – no wonder, we find it hard to see our blessings.

This is the curse of being human: We are destined to value things only when we are about to lose them.

– Rajan


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