There is nothing much as great as a good night sound sleep but there is nothing as bad as an early morning alarm which spoils it.
He turned off the alarm thinking he will wake up in next 10 minutes at 7:10. He thought, he will compensate these 10 minutes in the bathroom and still manage to reach office on time.
After a while he woke up with a shock.“Damn! Its 7:30 already” – he said to himself as he dragged his body out of the bed in a hurry.
Beautiful morning, birds singing, everything had a new energy, even the sun trying to come out as an attempt to get a view of it. Ignoring all the beauty, he entered the bathroom. A half brush, half bath and without any tea, he got himself ready and rushed to catch the office bus.
He reached the bus stop and he did not find any colleagues around. He rechecked the time, he has reached at the same time as he does daily and manages to catch the bus. He was only 2 minutes late. He waited for couple of more minutes convincing himself that the bus was late today. He was relieved to see his colleague Teena approaching the bus stop. Besides getting excited he was also convinced that bus had not yet come.
“I got a call from a friend. The bus has already left” – Teena told him while drying her hair with her hands.
It was a wonderful sight but he got more tensed now. He had to reach office on time for a early morning standing meeting. He has missed the bus today cause the bus was on time.
“Now? what will you do?!” – He asked her so that he can find a resolution of his sad state.
“Lets share an auto” – She suggested him with a mean smile ( She wanted to save by sharing)
“Sure” – he smiled at her gesture of sharing an auto with him.
She too returned a smile.
With true & fake smiles all around, both left in an auto.
Travel to Office
As time passed in the auto, he tried to think of topics to break the silence but she was continuously busy on the phone.
So he decided to show off a bit and decided to call some random friends and talk on his phone. He spoke some big things in the air and kept an eye on her to see if she notices anything but she din't.More Time passed, now he got tensed as it was taking longer to reach office due to heavy traffic and some smooth road on the potholes.
They reached office late but he still wanted to make her feel better by paying more than half.
“Are you sure” – she asked and smiled. (An attempt to make sure that he pays more)
“Yes I don’t have change, so its fine. Have a nice day!” – he replied.
Thanking him, she left quickly. She did not want to be noticed with him. She was just happy that she saved some money.
He reached his desk with a smile thinking it was his day. He was accompanied by a pretty colleague, the day could not have started better.
Before he could unlock his machine by entering his password (Teena1234), his manager reached his desk.
“Can you meet me in my cabin”- he said in a strong voice.
“Sure” – He replied and followed the big ugly a$$ of his manager.
“Why were you not present in the standing meeting” – His Manager asked him. He was ready to blast at him , no matter what reason he has.
“I was working late yesterday, I missed my bus in the morning” – He replied in a low tone. He somewhere knew he was cheated by the bus which was on time today but he could not give that as a reason.
“All are working late. All were present in the meeting. It helps the team to know about others work. I want you to work on the ABC design document and complete it today” – The manager ordered.
“Sure, I will do that” – He said Yes to calm the manager down but knew it would be difficult to complete the doc today.
As he returned back to his desk cursing the manager, He was disappointed and knew its going to be a very long day and he might have to sit late at night again.
He logged on to his machine. The 1st window he opened was Facebook. He logged in with his password – Teena_MyL1fe.
He was happy to see 3 likes for his late night status – “Anna Hazare tum sangarsh karo, hum toh office mein kar hi rahein hai”.
Then he went to Teena’s Wall and saw her morning status – “Beutiful mrning, Me & u on phone”. (she referred to a person she was talking on the phone)
He thought that she mentioned him and he liked her status! (By now this silly status had 13 likes as it came from a girl)
After Lunch, he went to the smoking zone as usual with his friend - Ashok. No matter how his day is, he gets huge confidence while smoking. While he was smoking, he saw Teena passing by.
"Do you see her?" - He asked ashok and blew a smoke rings to create some special affects.
"Yes" - replied Ashok.
"She is Teena, She likes me" - he told Ashok while keeping his eyes on Teena.
"Seriously? Did she tell you? Why din't she stop then?" - A puzzled Ashok questioned.
"Today i did not come to office by bus as she wanted to come along with me as she likes my company. Therefore i could not make it to silly Standing Meeting" - He informed Ashok and blew more smoke rings.
He threw the remainder of the cigarette down and said
"Standing Meeting - The most boring meeting that puts you to sleep. Hence people are asked to stand by their boss" - He laughed wickedly as he pressed & moved his feet over the cigarette to put it out.
He continued to work on the document. It was getting more and more difficult for him.At 5 PM
“Please mail me the doc once you complete it” – His manager ordered and left for the day.
He worked under a lot of pressure and completed it by 11 PM. He mailed it to his manager and kept his senior Manager in CC to show people that he was working late.
Back to Starting pointHe reached his apartment, was tired to prepare something to eat. It was a tough day and he had to get back to office early morning.
“Its not my day today – late to office, angry boss and so much work” – He told to himself.
He lied on his bed, logged into his laptop and again went on facebook for a daily night dose.
He was surprised to see 2 notifications.
4 likes for his morning status – “I want to be promoted to a Manager. I too want to do employee exploitation”
Teena replied to her status in typical internet slang – “Thks for d like ppl”.
“Its my day today – Auto sharing with Teena, people liking my status & Thanks from Teena”
Suddenly he was happy and he shared a joke on his facebook status
"Aryabhatta was asked to count Rajnikant's mistake, so he invented ZERO".
He checked his personal emails and checked if someone liked/commented on his joke.
There were no comments. He then commented on his own facebook joke - "Rofl".
Happily he went off to sleep & again had a good night sound sleep!!! J
From past 1 year, I have changed a lot, I have let myself to ease. I have relaxed, enjoyed and experienced lot of new & better things. I have grown as a human and gone a bit down as a dreamer. But this doesn’t disappoint me much or may be it does but then I have realized that life is not only about struggle, its about fun too, it is not only about dreams, its about sleep too.
We humans continue to be weird. We all want to be happy but we move in a wrong direction. There is no end to our wishes. Money takes priority & we miss out on those special moments. Is life all about that? There is no point in marrying the richest person and not being truly loved. There is no point in staying with the family and still being missed by them and there is no point in continuing to read further if you don’t wish to follow it.
A friend of mine always advised me to have short term goals. It’s easier to have a vision for them based on the current situation. Such goals don’t demand huge sacrifices for long time. Achieve them, cherish them, enjoy them & celebrate them. They bring happiness regularly. Setting long term goals does not make much sense to me now. I feel the longer goals you set the more foolish you are. Short term goals help in maintaining a balance in life.
The more I write, the more you might complain about contradiction to my previous posts. I am not trying to discourage you from your goals but I am just making an effort to help you understand that life is much better than what we have made it. Don’t just chase things, take a breather and make an effort to live a happy , balanced & healthy Life!
Every morning I put on this mask,
To hide who really I am,
A smiling face on a unhappy soul,
Sounding stupid than i actually am.
I see the people looking at me,
They see only whats on the surface,
I wish they see deep into my eyes,
To discover my hidden dream base.
Some think only the past was mine,
They think now I am History,
But tomorrow again I will shine,
Cause I am an unstoppable mystery.
Not only me, even you put on a mask everyday
To hide your true self behind the bar,
But if we wear this mask for very long,
We might forget who we actually are.