When we are old, memories matter and not the money, the work or the stress.
It has become a routine to wake up, get ready for the day, go to work or class, come back home, eat and sleep. People have become robots. There is not enough leisure time. In fact, there is no time even for family and friends. We hardly acknowledge the presence of a child or parent at home. We simply want to lie down and rest.
Once in a blue moon, during a family function or inevitable occasion, we remember people. The meeting usually goes, “How long has it been?”, “Do you remember that time when…” We plan to get together every weekend after remembering the fun we’ve had in the past, of the “fun and happy memories” and “those were the days, man”. But we forget that we have gotten used to lives that are mostly about work, stress and exertion; that all we want during the weekend is to rest and recharge for next week.
By this I don’t mean that we should drop everything and live without any responsibilities. All I’m saying is that we shouldn’t miss the little things in life. Leave your work behind at the office and spend time with your child, talking about his/her day. Try talking to your parents about your day. Make it a point to go out with your friends occasionally, if not every weekend. What is the point of working so hard if you don’t have any memories to enjoy later in life?
The writer is a II year BASLP student at Sri Ramachandra University.