August 14, 2016
This was written by me at the time when my cousins went back home after spending a whole month of their summer vacation with us.
I really wonder why this has been sitting in the drafts box for such a long time…..
May 21, 2016
I stare across an empty house.
I am back to that same state as we were a month ago, and that old feeling of familiarity is strangely hard getting used to.
I walk to each and every room and sense familiarity come inside with me. But the unmistakable void is still there.
And that void is probably going to remain for a few days in the least because though my cousins have gone back, they have left an unforgettable stamp, in our minds and quite visibly, our house.
The playing cards are still strewn across the bed, reminding me of the unfinished game of Rummy.
The Jenga blocks are still lying on the floor and I start picking them up and putting them back in its box.
A rush of memories bring back a stream of happy thoughts of the past month. I smile to myself.
For the last month or so, I have been absolutely oblivious of the fact that I am an undergrad or that I need to behave a certain way. I had forgotten for such a long while that there never needs to be a reason to be happy constantly.
My little cousins, though unknowingly, have taught me that the search for happiness lies not in the quest. It is in fact, not a quest at all. The experience of being alive is, in itself a source of joy, because every moment is a opportunity to be tapped. Every moment is a challenge that can be won. Every moment is a chance to smile. The fact that we live, is a reason to be happy.
And that’s the true purpose of living. Isn’t it?
To be happy and to make others happy too?
Here’s to the infinite joy that are cousins!
May our cousins never fail to fill our lives with infinite joy, purpose and love.
Mysuru, Karnataka, India