Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts. ~ Arnold Bennett
Arnold Bennett couldn’t have defined change in a better way! Somehow, we always get used to a particular phase of life, that we often forget that change inevitably tags along. As I look back, a blast from the past makes me want to rush into certain phases of life, just to relive them again. It is not just the school or college life that engulfs me in its whirlwind of nostalgia but everything that I had been in those years, right from the time, I was a toddler, with mom teaching me rhymes and feeding me dal rice; with dad taking me to the park near our home in the evenings where I played with other tiny tots of my age; places where I traveled with parents on vacations and the innumerable instances of life where the pivotal characters of a play called life were me, my parents, my friends, my teachers and many more…….
And then Khalil Gibran says, ‘Time has been transformed, and we have changed; It has advanced and set us in motion; it has unveiled its face, inspiring us with bewilderment and exhilaration.’As time progresses, bewilderment and exhilaration are definitely inspiring and so is the feeling of growing up and growing out. Change goes unnoticed but it is there all around. We realize the change, only after having crossed each milestone of life. We grow, shedding the image of every bygone phase, subsequently to enter a new one, adorning a new image. A few days back, when I was chatting with a college friend, she was all so desperate to relive college days again. While I pondered more on this, I realized it just feels good to think that way, as the self especially knows that time would never rewind. Perhaps, destiny makes sure every phase of life is valued so that the self yearns for it, knowing it would just remain a chapter of their past…..
Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
As paradoxical it sounds, change is the only thing that stays permanent, and so one might as well welcome it, isn’t it? 😉