What If…….?


“What if…..?”

Any sentence spawned by these two words is sure to become a bane to a peaceful, content human existence.

We all tend to wonder about what could have been, what should have been, what didn’t happen..and off course..what did.

Amidst all these coulds, shoulds and haves..the NOW seems to lose its hold upon us. It fights a losing battle against certain regrets, some reminiscences, a few memories and a whole many thoughts of wonder about the alternate way life could have played out.

One tiny slither of doubt about the decisions that led to your present state of being….and BAM! you slip into regressive memory mode.

Why does it happen?

And is it healthy?

No..it ain’t.

The time that went past had its own unique vagaries, its own unique moments and situations to keep it company. The time that is NOW cannot be judged by the same standards.

What I did then, and why, is best left to be understood within that frame of time itself and my frame of mind at that moment. Once I move ahead, the causes that led me to take that decision in the past lie redundant and hence inexplicable.

Why do we have to miss out on the moments in the NOW, which we will wonder about in the future? Are we not thus setting ourselves up as mere stooges in a vicious play of Catch & Chase between memories and life?

A simple “What if….?” is enough to gnaw you from the inside. It will suck the life out of your present, with any chance of blissful contentment in the NOW flushed down the path of innumerable regrets and quizzical wonderment.

Let it be not about what could have been..let it be about what is and what this will hopefully bloom into.

Megha Sharma

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~ by eugenicist on June 14, 2011.

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