It’s been a while that I’ve written here. To be honest, I had certain things in mind and I did attempt to write about the topics that echoed within me every day, but I just couldn’t. Having moved to the US to pursue my Master’s course, the program has ensured that I’ve my hands full all the time. Though I still manage to have some pockets of time where I can squeeze in that much needed time off from studies and work schedule to hang out with friends yet it’s been busy.
Many of my friends have been asking me about how things are different here than what it is back home in India. Having traveled a bit earlier before, moving here and adjusting to this culture wasn’t much of a task, to be honest. Yes, now I had to do my laundry, cook “healthy” food, maintain my apartment, pay bills on time, and a lot more. Few things I did do earlier like paying my bills on time, but that was it. 😂
The sudden tragic death of one of the greatest player Kobe Bryant the world has ever seen has shattered almost everyone who knew about his legacy. One fine Sunday afternoon you receive a notification on your News app about the crash and everything comes to a standstill.
The one thing which I now feel that is taken for granted now that I’m on my own and managing things is the immense emotional support that our friends and family provide us. We all have ups and downs which makes us more vulnerable at times. It’s in those situations that we rely upon and bank on ‘our people’. The unconditional love and support that family and friends provide are unparalleled and they always have our back come what may!
They say -“Nothing in life is promised”. We all are vulnerable and these bonds that we make help us in some way or other. No doubt you have to put in a lot of effort to ensure that there is synergy in the energies but no harm trying to find the right set of people.
A dear friend of mine has a status on Whatsapp – “Sometimes all it takes is a phone call. MAKE IT!” Wait and reflect, and do call the first person who came to your mind you haven’t spoken to in a while; but yes, only after reading this post. Bonds are not made in board rooms but they are made at brunch, lunch and dinner tables. It is also not one-way traffic, one cannot be responsible to form a bond, both have to equally engage and care about it.
I’m fortunate enough to have a wonderful support system in terms of family and friends. Friends back in India (Yes, you guys know it) and my friends here (You know it too) who have been fantastic in this journey to date. An imaginary character named Barney Stinson from the series How I Met Your Mother has said, “Whatever you do in this life, it’s not legendary unless your friends are there to see it. In the end when I do get a job (yes, it all seems like I’m back to those old days when I was anticipating to get one when I was in undergrad) I know and you know you are the ones without whom celebrations won’t be celebrations after all.
This is my way of acknowledging your presence in my life and I hope you pass the baton by saying Thank you to all those whom you love, cared and think about. The dots will connect!