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.