I was at lunch on Friday afternoon when I had this brainwave. How would it be if I just escaped? I would throw away my cellphone, my plastic cards and just go where the road takes me.
I mean, what is it that we do everyday? Wake up in the morning, go to the office and work. Work on a system that we will never use,to be sold to a client who we will never see, to use in a business that we know nothing about. We follow the same routine,the same course of action everyday. Its almost robotic, mechanical,zombie-like.
They ask us in interviews.Where do you see yourself 5 years down the line? Lets talk about 40 years down the line. You are in the same business, maybe not the same company.The only difference is that you are sitting behind a glass wall in a cabin. You will be assigning work to people to be done on a system they will never use,to be sold to a client who they will never see, to use in a business that they know nothing about. You will come home to your family, whine about your colleagues and make loans and struggle to give your children an education so that they may work in similar if not the same company. You don’t even remember the last time you went out somewhere just for the hell of it. Because you cant do something like that. There are a hundred sticky tape lines that hold you back.
I want to die happy. I don’t want to lie on a crummy hospital bed thinking that I could have seen the world. I could have seen all those mountains,valleys,lakes.Blue skies and Milford sounds and what not. There is only one life and I spent it going to and fro to the office.Sitting at a desk and tapping keys on a keyboard. This is a scary thought. If you think the way I do. I don’t want my only outing to be Seychelles which is the preferred honeymoon spot these days at it brings out great pics on Facebook.(YuuuuuuuuuCK!!!!).
So this is what I planned. One fine day, 5 years from now. I will throw away my cellphone, my plastic cards, and everything that goes with it. I’l walk across to the bus stand and pick the first bus that comes out. I’l get on it and go as far as it takes me. I’l do that over and over again till I have seen most of the world. Or all of it, which is impossible. Or is it?.
Now comes the depressing part. All of the above is impossible. As we grow older, we get responsibilities. These chain us.To people, to places,to duties. For good or for bad, I’ve not lived enough to know.
But let the guy have his dreams I say.