Pure Delights in your Palette!

What do you want in 2018? This was the simplest question asked on a social group on Facebook in January. I find January the most exciting month of the year as many of us are high on new starts, new energy, practical and unrealistic resolutions, and yes End of Sale too! Entwined in this cheery fervour, I read a wide array of responses to this question. There were varied replies like –

  • Ah! What about a holiday in Bahamas?
  • Ooohh! That lovely MK Bag I was yearning for last few weeks!
  • A romantic date with my boyfriend at Eiffel Tower. Wow!
  • My kids to be super achievers
  • Aladdin Genie! What say! End to all problems
  • Ticket to Australia or Maldives
  • A Magic Wand
  • A Brand New IPhone
  • A new car and yes a driving license

Well, apart from these, there were conventional responses like health, happiness, love, laughter, good vibes etc etc etc.

Yes, every wish, fantasy and desire was Bang On to add a dash of vibrant hues in our lives. Come On, who wouldn’t love to get a new car, phone or bag? Who would say no to a holiday? Who wouldn’t fancy a genie? The responses kept me thinking what I actually want in 2018. I was thinking of ‘A Dream Job’, ‘A fine body figure’, ‘A Happy House’ and obviously perfect health and love to all my dear and near ones.

While I was about to respond, another disparate thought fluttered in my mind. As I was thinking of big ambitions, goals, aspirations or whatever we call, I was comprehending on simple delights which we experience quite frequently but don’t realise how easily they add pleasant layers to our lives. Yes, as our big ambitions are definitely wished, required and hoped to add new dimensions and glam up our world, how about those mini dose of happy pockets we experience? They are equally influential and meaningful to pep up our routine, add a little imaginations and leave deep smiles.

Talking about the same, I have jot down a few itsy-bitsy delights which add a range of vivid shades into my daily palettes –

  • A light foot massage with calming face mask
  • Maggi and an old good favourite movie. Nostalgia!
  • A relaxed and sensual meal (with good food!) with my partner
  • Having dollops of my favourite sinful chocolate without any guilt
  • Non judgemental, casual and upbeat conversations with close friend
  • When someone unexpectedly appreciates me. Unforeseen compliments! Wow!
  • Long nail art and makeup sessions with myself. Ooh la la!
  • Genuinely making others smile. What a pleasure!
  • Singing and dancing freely without any hesitation. How I love this !
  • Laughing out loud with my dear bunch! What a carefree atmosphere!

And I realized one thing. It was not about spending money, acquiring fame or popularity which gave us pure delight. It is all about how they leave deep impressions in our lives to yearn more of these!

Well, I am no where ignoring the big aspirations I look forward to, I would love to experience loads and loads of tiny mini pleasures everyday to jazz up!

This was my list! How about you? How about your simple delights ?

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Tube Travels

Oops! Oops! Oops! Battery low!!

My quick reaction when I saw that there is only 12% battery alive in my mobile and I had one more hour journey left to reach home. So for once instead of digging my head in my mobile and scrolling down my screen to check who said / did what on various social media channels, I thought of keeping mobile back in my handbag and spending my journey idle in London underground Piccadilly Line in the evening busy hours.

In a couple of minutes, my eyes started wandering around in the crowded train. As usual, almost everyone was busy in their own world; either they were listening music, reading books or browsing their mobiles. Seldom I spotted people talking or just relaxing in the present moment.

A few minutes passed and just out of boredom or vague random interest, I kinda started glaring my fellow the passengers. It was a different view altogether! A lady was prepping herself with layers of makeup for an evening do (I guess). Oh, I really liked her shimmery mauve eye shadow. At the end of carriage, a cheerful family had all their bags ready to get down at Kings Cross. Wow, they seemed so excited for their holiday!! And I saw a husband gently taking care of his pregnant wife. How sweet that sight was!

For a change I was enjoying my train ride in a discrete way. Though I was not talking or interacting with any of the passengers, I felt a faint human connect with them. I sensed that I am so engulfed in my very own woven web, engaged in MY activities and so hooked to my whereabouts, that I am missing out particularly in small yet meaningful brief experiences.

Every day I travel on this train and every day I browse net for random reasons but I miss out so much that’s is happening IN THE MOMENT! The experiences may not be note-worthy, but they are dense enough to be captured in our minds. Isn’t it ? Seeing a family excited for an upcoming holiday, appreciating those blissful eye shadows and viewing a sweet loving couple, not just added something to take home, but simply made me smile! Oh yes, not to forget! While my eyes were roving in the tube carriage, I was also caught by two different passengers who gave me creepy looks wondering why I am gazing them / people in a meaningless way. Oops! May be I was expected to mind my own business!

Well, these experiences left me thinking on a different note not knowing what exactly they were. But aren’t we aimlessly wandering in our own life vacuum that we are simply not bothered to look out intending to enjoy the different facets of people rather than reasoning things and simply acknowledging them? Phew! That one hour journey gave me much compared to the updates on Facebook or What’s app. Simple components of fellow passengers and a bunch cluttered thoughts to ponder on while walking to my back home!

Thank you my 12% Battery! Wish to see you next time!