Map of Life.

I was coming back with a 8 yr old kid from NJ. It is a loooong ride and though the kid slept through some of it and we adults had enough to talk about, there came a time when she needed to do something. We had picked up the map from our last stop-over and we just started looking at the map. We knew that we were on I95, so it was fun to look for the road signs and figure out where we were… and what was the most fun of all.. to figure out where we were going and passing the signs. We had sooo much fun.  It is fun to know! Wish life too could be like that 🙂

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U R my sunshine, my only sunshine. U mke me happy. Pls don’t take my sunshine away.

When I had started using my new smartphone, I used to wonder why it had a weather app. When I was in Mumbai, the weather rarely changed and was pretty predictable compared to how it is in the USA at least. In Mumbai, in winter it was mostly cold and in summer it was definitely definitely hot. In USA, the winter can have rain, cold days with or without snow and obviously snowstorms and surprisingly also few warm sunny days… beautiful, pleasant and the reason I am writing this post but I will come to it in a minute.

It was really fun for the first month or so but I removed the application from my phone once I realized that there wasnt much change in the weather. There was just no thrill in knowing that it was 32ºC today and it would be 33 tomorrow. I have installed it again after coming here. 🙂 I had to!! It can rain one day and have a warm Sun the next. The weather here is unpredictable but the meteorological department really does a very good job. MAY HE BLESS THEM. This brings me to a realizations which is off topic so bear with me. I feel that we in India copy so many things without realizing why. I need to wear jeans here because of the cold. I know for sure that I am not going to wear jeans in India in the summer. I find that I can’t eat as much as I want when I wear jeans but it is so cold here that it really is a need and so are so many other things that are blindly copied in india. Coffee or drinking something warm becomes a necessity here because of the weather but… I don’t want to offend coffee or tea lovers but I wonder if we need these warm drinks back home. Just wondering. We could get into an argument of need in respect of mental vs physical so I … I know my mom will read this and this is a hint to reduce the amount of tea she consumes.

Anyway, coming to the much awaited point, there are few warm sunny days in winter here. Last time when the temperature increased till 15ºc, my husband and I went for a walk leaving our jackets and sweaters behind to get some sun on our skin. It was an amazing walk. Words can’t describe the joy the simple 1130 am walk gave us.

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I know that a good picture is one that doesn’t need any explaination by the photographer but this pic is clicked by yours truly and I still have a long way to go to be excellent. Anyway, there are these really pretty red colored fruits on this wild plant. It looked so cheerful against tge brown and the green. The red seemed to beckon us from far and we had to click it.

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Mother nature provided for some wonderful background music through the birds while we walked. We found that there were many birds that graced the tree. It was lovely but honestly, I can’t find the birds now myself. Anyway, the picture still reminds me of the sweet music.

While we were taking the walk, we saw many people who had come out for a walk. It was surprising to see that we were not the only ones out trying to soak in the sun. People were making the most of what was offered. That is when it hit me, life too has some happy and sad days.. if we soak in the happiness on the happy days, we might be better equipped for the less happy days. And our life is just as unpredictable as the weather.. it is important to have spontaneity in life as sunshine doesn’t last for long. The sun was gone at 2pm. We were so grateful to Him that we could go out to enjoy the sun.

That’s all for now. I don’t have much to add  but I hope that you get my point and enjoy life with all its weathers.

Wishing you such warm and happy days in the new year.