Doesn’t it seem a bit dramatic to hear somebody say, the nature of life resembles a lot like a train ride?
It actually does make a lot of sense. Yes, just as what happens when we travel on a train, the same goes for life. We meet people, bond, and wave goodbye. This mysterious voyage of life on which we embark is made up of millions of little moments, choices, interactions, and thoughts. We are all on our own long journey from our first breath to our last and beyond. However, by embracing this journey we can stop being just passengers and start driving the car… I guess that is a topic for another day!
Coming back to our topic, as a passenger riding on a train, we have the choice to hop on and off while exploring new routes, choosing new places to visit or to stop and enjoy the vista for a break. But not everybody would be a zealot of adventures and exploring life. Some people might want to take an express train, never sparing time to enjoy the journey. While a few others might like the regular single route. The rest might even choose to change trains and head in a completely new direction which is completely fine. But before taking any journey it’s important to consider the options, navigate the route and keep an eye on the timetable because you don’t want to regret it later.
People can and will get off at any stop
There will be a few people in life that will make the whole trip with us. These jewels believe in us, accept us as a fellow homo sapien, who is bound to make mistakes. Furthermore, these passengers might even want to go an extra mile for us, to come along our way.
However, the emotional ties don’t allow us to envision the parting phase of any relationship. Therefore, the unexpected goodbyes prove to be excruciating, and sometimes this is when the lonely feeling knocks at our door. If there could be constant awareness about this fact of life journey, comparable to a train journey, joining and separation as the basic tenet, we wouldn’t develop undue attachments or aversions with anybody irrespective of them being good or otherwise.
Consequently, we tend to wonder why life follows such an ironic trend. Why does it always happen that those who provide life to our lives have to leave it for us to live alone? Unfortunately, you and I are not saints to know the purpose behind every happening and moment to predict our future. The least we can do is to hold on to hope. Hope that the other stations will bring new passengers into our lives. Hope that they will fill a part of our journey with the beauty that it deserves and encourage us to live to our fullest.
Our journey is definitely a roller coaster ride of emotions and feelings of joy, sorrow, expectations, fantasy, warm greetings, and hard goodbyes. Not to forget hopes, challenges, dreams, setbacks, successes, and failure as added ingredients.
Travel light : A life lesson
“EVERYTHING IS TEMPORARY” ought to be the center stage of our behavior and attitude. Our focus will automatically shift towards our own SELF, giving us a sense of contentment. This shift will eventually make our life journey a memorable and enjoyable one.
Remember this train ride is our personal journey. It’s not wise to waste time with those who sneak off the train without paying the dues or with the betrayers. Be an observer; Watch how our co-passenger are; especially when the train hits a treacherous bend or breaks down.
Eventually, all trains will get to the final stop and so will our train. Our final stop is when we as a passenger of the train, disembark. And as cliché as it sounds, this is when the passengers realize that life is all about the journey and not the destination. Damn, that makes a lot of sense now. It is true to say, we don’t truly understand the journey until we’ve taken it.
End of the train line
The mystery is we do not know which station we will be stepping down. I know sometimes it might sound scary. But don’t you think that’s the very beauty of life! When it’s time for us to leave our seats empty, we should leave behind beautiful memories for those continuing the journey without us.
It might seem that all the passengers on the train are traveling to the same destination. But the distinguishing factor here is Faith or Belief. How? The passenger’s will to stay or to get off the ride mid-way is based on their belief in us or belief on the train to get them to their desired destination.
Travel light, with lots of love and forgiveness to give, and determination to live every experience of the journey. This helps us to leave a bag of warm loving memories for those continuing their journey after we disembarked.
…With its stations …with changing routes …with accidents
Life is like a journey on a train.