Happiness can mean different things to different people. It is a subjective concept. For some, happiness means getting new clothes. For others, it means travelling to new places. To each, his own.
If you look back at the times you were feeling the most jubilant, you’re sure to find a pattern. All these were experiences and moments. Getting your first paycheck. Watching the sun rise at the horizon. Meeting your friends after a long time. Finishing a really good book. They are all moments.
I’m not a materialistic person. Of course, I love spending on books (LOTS of them!) and stationery. But apart from a select few, I generally do not like “collecting” things. For me, good experiences hold more value above everything else.
A few days ago was one of my most favourite festivals, Raksha Bandhan. The festival celebrating the bond of brothers and sisters. The sister ties a sacred thread called Rakhi on her brother’s wrist and the brother promises to protect her. Hence the name, Raksha Bandhan (“the bond of protection”). This is followed by the brother gifting his sister a little something.
This year, my brother handed me a pen drive as a gift. As I looked on puzzled, he asked me to connect it to my laptop and see what’s in it. What I saw left me speechless. The entire collection of one of my most favourite cartoons, Baby Looney Tunes! He gifted me my childhood back and I couldn’t have been happier.
Another special gift which I will always cherish was the one I received on my 15th birthday. My brother (yes, he gives the best gifts 😁) requested one of my favourite authors to send me a birthday email. I was SO SO surprised to see her name pop up in my inbox! I remember prancing around the entire house, screaming my lungs out on seeing her email. Truly made that birthday a VERY special one. 🙂
As I write this blog post, it takes me back to all the times I felt the happiest. And I realised they were ALL certain special moments, and not material items (except for a few books :P).
The time I launched this blog. The time I wrote my first poem. The time I fit into my old favourite shirt after achieving my desired weight. The pride shining in my parents’ and brother’s eyes when I cleared my exams with great scores.
We are living in a materialistic world. We are spoilt for choice with the multitude of options for clothes, footwear, gadgets and a lot more. And there is nothing wrong in wanting to buy all them. They make us happy, after all.
But the underlying message is that the best things in life are free. Moments and experiences over things. Always. They remained imprinted in our memories for a long time and it’s indeed beautiful to reminisce them.
What are some moments that you have cherished?
Until next time, stay blessed and stay healthy!
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