Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Phew!!

Life has been hectic for me. Lot of stress, too much of rush, umpteen number of obstacles and myriads of nerve jamming "to-dos". All in all, recent times haven't been so very smooth. But then who ever has had a life with no struggle and hassle? Isn't this the story of almost all of us?

Well, keeping the generalization part out of it for now, let's look at the bigger picture. As kids, we had exams, which were supposed to be the most excruciating experiences and the only relief was the holidays which followed them!! Later came the boards, which had their own trauma. But then they assured us of a college life that would be fun and frolic. Eventually in college, there were those hysteric moments of extravagance, emotions and ebullience. But they promised a later life of peace, solace and abundance if you worked hard to make a Great Career.

But eventually you come to find that even while working, earning and filling the bank accounts with the Green paper, alias Vitamin M, you still couldn't reach the state of solace you wanted. You write it off for post-retirement life and promise yourself an early retirement full of foreign holidays and carefree outbacks.

But would that ever come? Or is it a similar dangling carrot which has been laid for the endless bounty run towards something you will never achieve? Isn't life supposed to reward you for doing so much of hardwork and taking up all the herculean tasks in the prior stages of life? Or is it simply unjust to everybody?

It is said that There is Light at the End of the Tunnel, but isn't it quite evident that the Light is emanating from a lamp-post leading to another Tunnel? While running behind the so called rewards to be received after sets of stressful tasks, we tend to forget just one thing. The most potent runs often lead to Mirages. Just like the Great Gold Rush of the 20th century.

So.. Is there any existing rationale which explains this rush, this endless marathon which seems pointless when you just cant reach the finish line and this failure to reach the final echelons? Well, there definitely is a justification for everything.

Maybe He, who wrote all this for us, wanted us to take life as it comes, and enjoy all the moments in present without bothering about the future to come. Maybe He told us something in the cipher and we deciphered in a modified format. Maybe that was His Master Plan for us.

Whatever it might be, eventualy you have to get back to the endless race expecting some placating rewards, which might never come.

With all due regards to His Master Plan, at least I am loving it!!

6 comments:

KHUSHBOO said...

Light is not there at the end of tunnel. It is here, within us, which enlightens the path and helps us move towards the desired destination. That is why we enjoy the walk though the tunnel, enjoy strolling through half dark and half bright roads rather than waiting for the light expected at the end of this tunnel.

I truely agree with you chetan, when you say that you are enjoying it at the moment which i suppose is still somewhere in the middle of the tunnel.

Amandeep said...

You have very incisively thrown light upon the fact that the dog race will never end... and even though we know that we are in a trap which is being laid by 'HIM'
the Great Master, but we are not able to get out of it just because human being's covetousness for more than what we have.. You have written a great article... waiting for more form your side....

ab said...

Happiness is the ultimate objective of life-
Happiness in life doesn't come as a result of getting what we don't have, rather recognizing and appreciating what we already have!

Life should not be lived at milestones but in moments..

Great work Chetan! Keep enjoying and exploring The Master Plan, as you need something to come up with your weirdest conclusions.. :D

Prayag Pathak said...

Really a great food for thought.

Very apt artile for modern day times where people get so much engrossed in their tasks at times that they cannot afford to spare a little time for their near and dear ones also. This is the period in which a person get aloof from his well-wishers and when he achieves his goal..., he finds himself alone at the apex. He then finds another goal in life that is higher and further gets detached.

Really a great concept! Waiting for more!

Charmi said...

It's absolutely true.. Though very simple and easy, it is quite complicated maze.. The moment u enter u have to find appropriate pathway dat leads to ur goal, els u'll keep on confusing with the directions and end up to nothing..

I would like to appreciate the concept of cascade of life... It carrys deep meaning about life..

Enjoy!!!

Anumeha said...

life, is a maze of tunnels, one leading to other and we try an make our way out stumbling and falling. when the darkness is too deep the light at the end keeps us moving.....just as chetan said...

but what exactly is this light...

it is what we want from our lives...a kid in school sees end of school as his ray of light...a way to freedom...the one in college looks ahead to a job...again freedom, from restrains of pocket money, from permissions for late nights....its a light of opportunities and dreams...
the one in job....looks ahead to a time when he wont have to take a cab to office (or for the fortunate ones take their car's out of parking)...his light is not the need for freedom but peace....

and in the end ur left with wonderful memories...of the walks u took through the maze...ur falls...ur run, the people you met, who showed you the way out...

it is and endless race...a race towards our dreams..achieved or not..each one of us has a dream to chase...all our lives...

I am loving mine too :)
good job chetan..