I know its been a really long time since I wrote, but in my defence I had a lot of things on my plate. I tried many a time to force myself to put down something, but then I didn’t want to push myself too hard. I needed to know if life was possible forever without writing, and the fact that I’ve come here without meaning to tells me I can’t- and that bit of self-discovery is probably worth the time I took off.
Well so what pushed me here ? It’s as usual, a few thoughts inside me that needed to be let out, so they don’t engulf and consume me!
I was talking to a friend, who recently told me a story of a man who was in search of the meaning of life. He wanted to know what life was about- and why so many of us face problems and suffering in life. Since I’m a big fan of Lord of the Rings, I’m just going to spice this up using character names from there 😛 Lets call this guy Frodo.
So Frodo went in search of answers, and after travelling far and wide, one day landed at the home of an aged man who was said to be wise. His name was (as you might’ve guessed) Gandalf. Frodo said to Gandalf “Sir, I have travelled far and wide in search of the answers to the puzzle that is life. I was told you are a very wise and experienced man in these matters. Can you give me the answer ?”
To this, Gandalf replied “Son, what is the specific question you seek to answer ?”
“Sir, I would like to understand why we suffer and struggle in life, and what is to be achieved by this.”
“Son, I will give you the answer, but I need you to do a task for me. There is this door that leads to the backyard of my house, and I need you to open it for me.”
Frodo tried his best to open the door, and upon finding it hard, gave up. The old man said “Son, this is very essential. Stay with me for a year, and keep trying. The day you open it you will find your answer”
Frodo then dutifully tried opening the door for the whole year, day in and day out, but of no avail. At the end, he went and told Gandalf “Sorry Sir. I couldn’t do it”
To this, Gandalf said “No problem son, come with me.” He took Frodo to the other side of the door through another narrow pathway. On the other side was a huge hillock, which was blocking the door.
Frodo said, with anger “Sir, with all due respect, I think you have wasted a year of my life. There was no way I could have opened the door. I am deeply disappointed”
Gandalf said “Yes son. It was surely impossible to open the door. But if you take a look at your hands, you can see they have become a lot stronger due to all the effort and exercise. It is very similar in life- Many people struggle with problems and are disappointed if they do not achieve what they think is success. The point of the problem was never to solve it, but to transform yourself into someone better in the process of struggling with it. This is what life is about- continuously becoming a better individual by making use of what your pain, suffering and struggles teach you.”
Frodo stood transfixed, and thanked his old friend.
He was immensely overjoyed upon his experience, and turned to leave.
As he was leaving, the wise old man said “And one last thing son. In life, Success brings happiness, and conversely, happiness brings success. But one important thing to remember is that the success brought about by happiness stays for way longer than the happiness brought about by your success, simply because you don’t know what success is.”
“Remember, Life is a race, and you don’t know how many laps you run. So instead of worrying too much about who wins every lap, spend your time enjoying the run.”
I know this was a bit heavy and intense, but this made my day- it made me see so many things I did not earlier, and I thought it was only fair I put it by you.