Let's daydream, or imagine in exquisite detail.
If you could be in a virtual world and feel like you are out there for real, where would you want to be, and what would you want to do. Would you be in a rich mansion, or at a beach resort or on the moon or in Antartica or mitigating the misery and suffering of the world or traveling around the world or experiencing life in a first world nation? Literally, even the sky is not the limit. Would you be a pro football player or an actor or a dancer or a rock climber or a scientist? Would you be under the ocean scuba diving or would you be an astronaut traveling to Mars or a mountaineer scaling a mountain or a researcher in the Amazon rainforest or an explorer on an equally exciting, eccentric, bold quest? Would you fly a plane or race a car or sing at a concert or be a bartender or a spy?Would you be brazen or naive, outgoing or introspective, mediocre or adventurous, caring or carefree?
And, let's think about why you want to do or be what you want to do and be. Asking why is always important.
This is what I would want to do.
Spend nights under a starlit sky, watching galaxies, planets, stars and the Milky Way light up the sky. Why?
Because all epic stories of adventure and a fulfilling life are incomplete without the sky and it's marvelous inhabitants.
Because its breathtakingly beautiful and surreal, unimaginably vast and eerily silent, mysterious and enchanting.
Because it knows the answers to some of the deepest questions that mankind and science have pondered for ages - questions about our origin and the origin of the cosmos, about the evolution and the end of cosmos, about time travel and teleportation.
Because there could be extraterrestrial life out there, and some night, maybe their paths might cross mine.
Because it brings to life the artist within me
Because it fills me with wonder and makes me think about how inconsequential, small, fragile, arrogant, ignorant and meaningless the human existence is; how limited and narrow our lives and choices are.
Because I get this peculiar and distinct feeling of connecting with my roots and something far bigger than the sum total of human existence.
Because it called out to me and I haven't been able to turn away.
Because I am positive, someday, it will lead me to my destiny.
Because it got me curious about what's out there and how did it all come to be and led me to read incredible books by incredible physicists and scientists like Brian Greene, Carl Sagan, Paul Davies and Michio Kaku.
Because it helps me transcend and move beyond the stifling and meaningless things I must do to survive and the cold hearts and closed minds I must endure from my fellow humans.
Climb mountains, especially snow clad mountains
Because as a kid, I used to have vivid dreams about being on mountains and feeling a raw, powerful emotion of being awed by the beauty and the splendor. A part of me as a child will forever be in those mountains of my dreams.
Because snow makes everything poetic, evocative, artistic, fun and beautiful, and it brings out the child in me who craved for snow and winter in a hot and humid place
Because it's the perfect excuse for a coffee and tea addict to guzzle down tons of coffee and tea
Because mountains are breathtakingly magnificent
Because it's nature and nature heals
Because there's a certain poetic struggle of the body and the mind that comes to life on the mountains
Because it zaps out the ridiculous and inane and only leaves room for survival and things that truly matter
Because running is a catharsis
Because running is the perfect antidote to a life choked to the brim with empty and stifling things
Because it makes me feel like a star
Because its the kind of struggle that my mind and body are forever ready to endure and surpass
Because running helps me deal with the frustration and the feeling of helplessness at having to live life like a tamed, soulless creature
Because it helps me shut my mind and be present in the present
Because your body goes out to the edge and back, the exhaustion, sense of satisfaction and a trance like tranquility after a marathon is one of the best experiences.
Write beautiful, meaningful stories
Because I have always loved stories
Because I love to read and play with words
Because stories have the power to inspire others, to make them think and to make them laugh or cry
Because it's my calling or so I feel.