Dear Zindagi (Life),
You really are very dear to me and I have realized this now. This is my first love letter to you Zindagi and I hope you pardon the incoherent flow of words which emerge from the thoughts that have built up in my mind. The thoughts are a result of a billion sparks that you have ignited in my heart and soul over time. It has taken a considerable period of time to really understand you and my love for you, though there have been flashes in the sea of time which have revealed this love, the ignoramus that I am, I never understood.
It was not love at first sight for me. In fact, we started on a bad note with me crying away to glory as I first sighted you. Later on, for many years I was oblivious to you, though you were always by my side. I was blind to your presence and no amount of regret now will bring back those years now relegated some obscure pages of history.
As time passed, I started noticing your presence and was intrigued and wanted to know you better. I wanted to understand you better. I spent my time poring over books on Philosophy and Spirituality to understand you, I listened to talks by spiritual leaders who claimed they knew you well and could help me understand you better. I kept thinking in my mind – what is Zindagi?
But you still remained an enigma.
And then started those flashes of lightening which contributed to slowly pulling the veil of ignorance from my eyes and finally culminated in my realization of the deep and passionate love that had made its home in my heart. I would like to share a few of those blissful instances with you through my words though words will come nowhere near the actual feelings that welled in me during those sublime moments.
I was walking along a city street, lost in thought about you when I felt a little hand tugging gently at my hand. I looked down straight into the eyes of a little boy smiling up at me. The innocence of the smile and the hunger for love in the eyes reminded me of you. I saw you in the eyes of the boy as he gently placed my hand on his head and asked me to caress it. I did so and the boy ran away happily. I felt engulfed by strange tears and emotions as I thought about you.
I was sitting on a beach, the blue waves built up in front of me and gently crashed against my legs. The sea seemed to be strangely silent and serene as it looked up at the beauty of the setting sun.
There was not a soul around, just you and me, witnessing nature’s show of magic. It was then that waves of blissful love rose from the depths of my heart and erupted into a billion sparks in my mind. I love you dear Life, I thought but was too shy to profess my love for you. But secretly I came to realize that I had started loving you.
The flashes of lightening and enlightenment continued. It happened when I was in the embrace of the mighty Alps in Switzerland, looking around the wide, white expanse of snow my thoughts were about you.
It happened when I was on a Gondola on one of the most romantic places in the world, Venice. I thought about us cruising lazily in the waterways of Venice with a Gondolier serenading us with a beautiful love ballad.
It happened one early morning as I jogged on the streets of Zurich and breathed in the fresh and sweet alpine air, I could feel your presence, your breath, your perfume and I felt lifted on the wings of exhilaration.
I saw some dear ones being snatched away by the jaws of death, but your benign presence soothed my troubled heart. I could feel the strength of your support and knew that you were by me, walking shoulder to shoulder, omnipresent and omnipotent. It was then the veils started falling from my cluttered mind and my heart took full control. I forgot about the books of philosophy and spirituality and instead the entire energy of my being cascaded into a giant font of love, love for you, my dear life. I realized that I love you for what you are, I love you each and ever nanosecond. I think of nothing but you, I want to be with you and experience you in the now, in the present, because I do not know what the future holds for us.
I do know that Zindagi, you are ephemeral and will slip away one day, but till that moment comes, I want to hold you tightly, feel and experience you and laugh with you, for you are my fairy tale, painting, poem, prayer and philosophy all rolled into one. Zindagi – You are my raison d’être.
Dear Zindagi, I have poured my heart out to you and I am sure you shall forgive me for being a moron and not understanding your true worth earlier. I now know that you are precious and the only one that I will ever have and promise to always treasure you for all that I am worth.
Your loving Ignoramus
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