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Is life = func(obligations) ?
I had a busy day, day out with friends & must admit I had to post something hurriedly for the competition, these hang outs are uncommon in my friend's circle, though we are in 20's something guys & like talking about various flowers in the world, but we fall in the category of responsible middle-class, middle-aged-youth software professionals where marriage is on hit list, & as usual jumping companies like Spiderman, so that we can do the best in terms of earning money & learning new technologies, thus trying hard to maintain balance between professional life & personal life & never find time to have reunion with good old buddies. Life is not like a simple see saw maintaining balance with these two alone. There are dreams, aspirations, hobbies, which may not have turned into career owing to some conditions. I was thinking of coming up with some good concept about 'escape' since this morning. All I could come up was that first line 'life is a function of obligations'. But, when I went out with my friends, these thoughts vanished & I was just enjoying the flow, no office worries, no house obligations, just a carefree perspective towards things coming along. Probably this was an escape from daily life of office chores. This weekend was certainly an escape from stress in my case. I asked my friend what is your instant thought, when I say the word 'Escape', he told the Escape of key of keyboard. Unlike his thought, my initial thought was the great escape of Shawshank from jail (movie: Shawshank Redemption). Truly, What a great movie that was! So, wondering what makes me truly liberated & blissful something similar to feeling when Shawshank had after escaping form jail & the dialog "Andy Dufresne... who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side". This is one of my favorite dialogs. So, what is my 'other side’? This weekend or holiday trip spent with friends? Is it a silly lie to my manager & a break from normal office day? A day spent with beloved talking her shopping & fancy restaurants or a movie? Quality time spent with family & friends? A random reading of good blogs (am now fascinated with blog world after being obsessed with Hollywood flicks & chicks for nearly 4 years now). I was just enlisting the possibilities where I may feel liberated. But, since I am crazy about astronomy, I think I would like to take a break & spend some time reading a poplar astronomy book or listen to podcasts of some physics professor or hang out for star party with my friends form club (http://www.bas.org.in/), break my head on concepts of theoretical astrophysics, write down some more weird thoughts in my never-finding-time to-continue book 'Beyond your thoughts' etc. Yes, this constitutes my escape, may not be exciting to many, as few people are interested in astronomy stuff. I wonder what escape means to others in sense of spending spare time. I am sure, everyone has a escape in sense of spending spare time. Do let me know in comments section. This will be a good insight.
In philosophical realms, I don't mind taking a break & running away form realities of life, family obligations, office chores once a while giving myself time to do the things I like to do. I think the take away more important then winning or loosing this competition is insight it has brought me & clearer sense of understanding about the things which keeps me moving. Thanks blog-a-ton for providing this opportunity.
I wanna run away form this reality as fast as I can…
Escape into my little wonderland, where anything is possible
Only to return back into real world & embrace reality more strongly
For now, I know that the escape is not an escape but just an insight into my own self.
PS: A star party, a term in realms of amateur astronomy is one in which people fascinated to watch the night sky or interested in observational astronomy spend night watching the sky somewhere outskirts of city with telescopes & binoculars. This basically involves identifying constellations, spotting & observing stars, planets, double clusters, open clusters, nebulae, galaxy clusters, comets etc with telescopes. Applying the knowledge of observational astronomy & Optics for observing many of these things I just like to fall asleep just for a couple of hours before day break wondering about the mysteries of cosmos.