60 Miles

Babusar Top 14K ft above the sea level — Northern Areas, Pakistan

Life, what seems like is no more than a 60–70 Miles journey on average, that too if you’re lucky. A journey where everybody starts at “zero” and travels the way ahead to their last breathe. People these days seem to be racing their way through those 60 Miles and trying to go further. What makes me think is if we should rather focus on the road, focus on the journey, enjoy the views, the mountains, rivers, lakes and the breathtaking nature, while we can.

Maybe it’s about the journey, not about the destination.

The road doesn’t stay the same, it changes every mile, sometimes more than once per mile, sometimes a bit longer.

No matter how fast one goes and is ahead of us, can they go more than 60, 70, 80 or even 100 Miles? Wouldn’t we eventually catch em’ up? Makes me wonder, is it worth the stress? Nobody goes further than that these days (not ruling out exceptions), even if somebody has, what have they got? You can’t measure happiness with material. A poor man with a good conscience can be happier than a King. While writing this, I remember a dialogue from a movie I love, “Click” (Lead role by Adam Sandler):

Morty: [Michael wants to skip ahead to his promotion] Consider the leprechaun.
Michael Newman: What?
Morty: The one in the cereal commercials.
Michael Newman: [Irish accent] ‘They’re magically delicious’?
[normal voice]
Michael Newman: That guy?
Morty: He’s always chasing the pot of gold, but when he gets there, at the end of the day, it’s just corn flakes.

So, it’s just corn flakes. All we go after most of the times is what somebody else already had in the past and is now history. Chances are people don’t even remember them anymore. What did they achieve more by racing through those Miles wanting to get ahead of people and by travelling those extra miles? (It’s not that it’s wrong to live longer — that doesn’t totally depend on us of course) But, is it worth stressing your present over the future which you have very less control of? You can make choices and decisions which influence your future but you can’t just control it as you wish. It just doesn’t work that way.

What we all know is that most significant things a human being can do is more or less between 16–40 years of age. And history backs it.

I am just not gonna worry about the next iPhone now. And don’t let it dictate the type of financial decisions I make or wrongly prioritize other stuff in my life to be able it buy as soon as it comes out or even later if it doesn’t fit the bill for me.

It doesn’t make much difference if we’re driving a less expensive vehicle and we see people with expensive cars. We should be thankful to GOD that we have a vehicle, there are people out there who can barely afford a bicycle, people who don’t even have legs. But, they are living and thanking GOD for everything they have and just to be able to wake up every morning and live the gift of life.

Whether you have a Maruti or a BMW, the road remains the same. Whether you travel economy class or business, your destination doesn’t change. Whether you have a Titan or a Rolex, the time is the same. There is nothing wrong in dreaming a luxurious life. What needs to be taken care of is not let the need become the greed. Because needs can be always be met, but the greed can never be fulfilled — Unknown

Sit back and relax, enjoy what you have. Utilize it. Don’t focus on the things you can’t control. Don’t focus on things you don’t have. Learn to live within your resources and work reasonably hard to improve/increase your resources — there’s nothing wrong with that, with complaining, there is. You will catch up the other guy (with all the expensive cars), you will catch him up in the end with your own happy moments and blessings. He won’t end up in a better place than yours in the end, because it’s the same for everyone. And who knows you might end up happier than him. You will catch up the guy with the $10,000 Rolex on his wrist. Trust me, trust the GOD. He has something special in store for everyone. Just don’t go looking for too long and stress yourself out before the time comes.

JBR, Dubai

Enjoy each mile as it comes. Focus on the things right there at the moment, and don’t worry TOO MUCH about the next mile. Planning and stressing are different. Plan, but don’t stress too much.

Think of it this way, that every human being is an artist and this life is their canvas. A painter who painted a small but unique and meaningful painting which gives a strong and positive message to its audience is better than a famous painter who painted a much bigger painting but not as meaningful, and a painting which doesn’t serve a greater purpose. Even though the 2nd painter is more talented and acclaimed, his strokes are sharp, precise and colors are vibrant, the 1st painting which is much smaller, and whose painter is barely known, stands out for the uniqueness, for the message it gives, for the purpose it serves. Be that painter, live your life like a meaningful masterpiece. Don’t go after the illusion of living large. Don’t try to be the best just for nothing.

Life is simple, don’t complicate it. Surround yourself with people who lifts you up. Not with people who makes you feel inferior to them. You don’t belong there if you feel inferior around them. Find your right place, your right value. Be with people who love and value you.

Don’t compete with people in wealth, expensive material, job titles or anything like that. Strive to improve yourself, improve your health, things that make you happy, job that you love and which gives you financial stability, to be able to spend on things which actually matters, which actually affects you and your family, travel, enjoy the nature, discover yourself.

Million Dollar Smiles. Karachi, Pakistan.
One day, we all will depart… on a journey free of cost. Don’t worry about the seat reservation, it is confirmed. The flight is always on time. Our good deeds will be our luggage. Humanity will be our passport. Love will be our visa. Make sure we do our best to travel to Heaven in business class — Source unknown

Don’t race with people. Enjoy your own drive, enjoy your own road, your own challenges, own view, experiences, blessings, hardships & whatever comes your way. These things all combined makes life unique. Enjoy your 60 Miles. Make them yours. Live them.