‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’

‘What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.’ 

I remember reading the poem ‘Leisure‘ by W. H. Davies when I was in my fourth standard, a very long time ago. Understanding little of the poem, save the idea of a paused life, leisure, then, to a child of nine seemed sacrilegious and not being hyperactive throughout the day was no less indulging in a heinous crime. Running about, inventing games, reinventing existing games, running with the wind, dancing in the rain, caring little, a week-long summer holiday, a two month winter holiday, falling, bruised knees, falling again, climbing atop the roof, reading in the quiet afternoons in the backyard, watching the frost melt away on winter mornings, school work summed up the life of nine year dreamy boy then. Little did I know that it was leisure in its prime all along!

Leisure was not a precious jewel that had to be protected, that was sought; it was inherent to living, to everyday. And now, as we hurry and scurry past, through busy roads, through busy lanes, elevators, escalators, never stopping, never pausing, leisure has metamorphosed to a form that demands shutting down, demands precious hours from our lives that we shan’t, we can’t, we mustn’t spare!

There is always a dearth of time! Motorists never stop for pedestrians to cross the road, pedestrians do not wait for the signal to turn green, ever so busy and peeved commuters have no patience to wait for an Uber which is two minutes away, wolfishly hungry men and women have no time to wait for the food they had ordered at a restaurant, television enthusiasts will definitely die if the next episode of the series they have been gluttonously feeding upon is not released sooner! I fail to understand the state of being perpetually busy.

Being busy now equals being important; otherwise you are are deemed lazy, someone who has been wasting precious hours, minutes, seconds of so short a life watching the sunset, watching the last leaves fall gently upon the face of earth; listening to the wind tapping at the window; waiting at a decrepit bus stop watching cars whiz past the tarred road; smiling at a cat play joyfully with a string or a dog somersaulting on a grassy patch; being joyously giddy breathing in the air intoxicated by the smell of flowers on a Spring day! ‘Oh he only knows how to waste his time, sitting and watch the world pass by‘, they say!

Gone and buried are the days when waiting led to unexpected happiness; when absorbing the surprises through the window of a car in the midst of a traffic snarl brought about a smile; when merry conversations, when serendipitous encounters seemed precious; when travelling through a slow chugging train we’d let our eyes wander over vast fields and trees, little villages, red and ochre, and not be hooked onto our phones. Sullenly, now we live by a check-list, striking off a to-do item on our list of life, happily letting go the simple joys, simple things, and little dreams. We are perpetually hurrying, never pausing, never stopping, running towards the end of a race only to the beginning of yet another race.

If only we would stop, stand and care. If only we would embrace leisure and breathe!

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  1. Oh I relate to it in ways difficult to express …….to start with my spirit animal is tortoise …….so I work at my own pace on things……..on top of that I am a kinesthetic so I have to feel everything…….and that makes me a misfit in the world that is moving in jet speed

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  2. Oh, Pari, so well and poignantly stated, thank you, thank you! !All the simple, sweetness of Life even moments to ponder Life, are hurried past…people rush past one another without truly connecting or recognizomg one another…thank you for this plea to be present. Blessings and sweetness to you in the coming year, my friend!

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  3. I am really moved. The rapid pace today is one I have been consciously backing away from, deliberately slowing down. Yet I have found when one does slow down after running 100%, that one realizes just how weary that one is. However, to maintain sanity for sanity’s sake, we all must start to slow down. One can only run a marathon for so long! This is brilliantly written!! Thank you!

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    1. You are absolutely right Amy! Only when we slow down do we realized how tired and occupied we had been. And we need to pause and see and then run again for sanity sake 🙂 Thank you so much for understanding and agreeing 🙂

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  4. As always you chose a wise topic & wrote brilliantly, it is very true that everyone has got time, it is all about the priorities. One question first which board did u studied in shillong? I appreciate that you still have time to remember a childhood poem.

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  5. Love this! So very true. On Fridays at work when everyone is inquiring about weekend plans, my coworkers have nearly every hour of the weekend scheduled with something including sometimes doing more work. They all probably think I am really boring because my plans are read and go for a bike ride or work in the garden. Sometimes they make me feel like I should be doing more, but nope. Like you, I much prefer watching the sunset or the falling leaves.

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    1. Thank you so much for Stefanie 🙂 I can relate with you. My weekends are spent reading, working with children and lazing around in my terrace garden or walking aimlessly. Isn’t there a serene joy in all of this. I bet you are on the right track and take out time to indulge in the little pleasures of life 🙂

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  6. So true words of perfection and wisdom Parikhit in today’s world of modern madness and hurry and scurry and no time to relax. I so agree with your words where have we gone and where has our life taken us. Today the world has become lonely with all the gadgets in the world but no time to stare at the beautiful surroundings nor talk to anyone. Awesome post. Technology has completely changed us we have become zombies

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    1. Thank you so much Kamal for relating and agreeing. It is a sorry state of affair to see what we are leading ourselves to. Not appreciating the simple pleasures and joy of life. I do hope we realise it sooner.

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  7. Unlike all other comments I can say that I have a pretty leisure life. Being just a student with zero responsibilities does have its own perks. But I feel everyone has a choice to let time go slow or even if it is slipping away, choose to let it go. . You know?

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    1. Thank you so much Colleen! This post stemmed from the exasperation of not being able to cross the road the previous day! Besides, I had been thinking why are we always hurrying, why the eternal rush! If only we could pause 🙂

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  8. I usually don’t like to read very long posts, but with you it is different. Your words have the strength to hold the reader till the very last. Talking of this particular post, it is amazing. I will fall in the category of extremely lazy by the modern notions.

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    1. We are running blind, after something that we aren’t quite certain of. Indeed you say it right, ‘life will be more fulfilling’ if we pause and reflect on what we have than what we don’t.
      Thank you so much Shantanu 🙂

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  9. People are afraid to not be busy for fear they discover themselves. Great post Parikhit and I adore W.H.Davies poem Leisure “…A poor life this if, full of care, we have no time to stop and stare”.

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    1. ‘People are afraid to not be busy for fear they discover themselves.’, that’s a powerful statement! Don’t you think if we discover ourselves we’d be happier 🙂 And yes a life without leisure would be poor. I am so glad you agree Marie 🙂

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      1. I think it can be a painful process to discover ourselves Parikhit and some people will do anything, drink to excess, consume drugs, hoard, self-isolate or overwork rather than uncover what terrifies them. And yes, when the digging to uncover ourselves is done we can then be happier but only if we have learned to accept ourselves and that means accepting our flaws also. Thanks for another great thought-provoking comment!

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      2. I completely agree. It can be terrifying to unearth what we hide. But once we get over the fear it is onward the land of subtle happiness 🙂
        ‘only if we have learned to accept ourselves and that means accepting our flaws also.’ that is so important right. 🙂

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      3. Once we accept ourselves as “good enough” as we are but continue to compete against ourselves (not others), to continue to grow and improve ourselves, then it is as you so beautifully put it…”onward the land of subtle happiness 🙂”

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  10. Wonderful post. Just want to share some quotes that are associated with the picture of London Victoria that illustrates this post;
    When life is little too Busy / Shades of confusion/ Surveillance security/ Police in China catch criminals with sunglasses/ The cameras are coming/ Should we support problematic artists?/ Epidemic levels/ Life is too short to be busy/ Population explosion/ I have no free time and I’m proud of it!/ Sex and stress/ Is busyness a choice?/ and many more…

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  11. This is such a wondrous write. The writing is amazing and your content – couldn’t be closer to my heart. I recently traveled on an overnight train and as we were passing by fields and tiny houses, I looked around and saw that each and every other person was checking their phone. What a waste of those wonderful window seats. 🙂 Can’t thank you enough for keeping art alive with your words – art, heart and tender care and deep observation of all that is around you – now and in the past. Thank YOU, dear Parikhit. 🙂

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    1. And I should thank you with all my heart! Isn’t it rather sad that we have stopped marveling at the simple joys of life, the vast scene that is calling out to us outside the window, to immerse us in infinite joy! Rather we’d be happier looking at pictures on our phone 😀 But there are a few dreamers like us who’d find immense joy staring away! And that should suffice right. 🙂

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      1. Yes! And the joke is — what is the pictures we watch on the phone — Whattsapp message – 10 most beautiful sunsets in the world — outside our own sunset is passing us by. 🙂 Feel blessed to be your fellow dreamer. 🙂

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  12. Leisure in a single line is reading your works of art.💙
    I took a momentarily pause here and my life has changed for better.
    Watching leaves fall from the tree still remain my favourite memory and leisure. Life is in the little joys surrounding us. Technology is a genius thing but it is slowly taking away that feeling of rawness. When everything is served well cooked no one cares to learn about growing.
    The world may seem to be happy but inside we all know where we are heading to.💙

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    1. This means the world to me Sameera! Thank you so so much! 🙂 You are spot on, ‘Life is in the little joys surrounding us’, the little things that we take for granted. Alas, we don’t bother much until it fades away completely. But I am quite sure there are a handful of dreamers and lazy souls who prefer ‘watching leaves fall from a tree’ 🙂

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      1. We realize the value of things when they get lost. That’s how we learn lessons. Watching leaves fall is such a beautiful thing to do, the leaves once full of life will be dead soon. All the exists will end. The sorrows and joys as well.🙂
        But the last leaf will always carry a hope that it will survive and so will I.

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      2. I LOVE that story! I remember writing a post on it too, although that was filled with pessimism but the last leaf will remain, fight all storms and guide us!

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      3. High Five! That’s my favourite story. I will surely read the post.
        Even if the leaf falls it will go down in the earth and give birth to another sapling. Nothing goes in waste.

        That story changes the way I look at life and everything beyond it. 🙂

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