I remember a lecture on luxury in my PG course and the teacher asking us ‘what would be a luxury for Bill Gates?’ My answer was ‘6 hours of uninterrupted sleep’. The answer made sense to me then. But I did not know the gravity of it till now, when I felt myself sleep-deprived due to lot of work and stress.
Having been in the work grind for last so many months, including weekends, sleep was just one of the many things I missed. And now when I sit and think about it all, I realize that it were not too big or flashy things that I missed. Rather it were those small little things in life which we often take for granted and just when you have gotten busy in life’s rigmarole, they are the ones that you start missing, valuing and treating them as luxury.
Here were my precious littles that I missed dearly and after some grueling days, they are my luxuries to indulge in:
- Random chit-chatting with the whole family. I won’t be wrong if I say that I mostly saw my sister on weekends only due to my erratic work hours lately
- Weekend breakfast with family, whatever be the menu. But a cold coffee is a must.
- Leisurely reading of Sunday newspaper
- Dozing off on Saturday afternoon after a hefty lunch
- Mandatory Sunday lunch of Rajma-chawal (with Raita, sometimes.)
- Watching back-to-back episodes of sitcoms on Star World
- Reading a nice book
- Cold coffee in the evening also, with Britannia cakes (Butter flavor)
- Staying up late on Saturday night with laptop on, reading some blogs and writing my stuff
- Our family day outs, which would include lunch at mote papa’s favorite Bikanervala, shopping at Big Bazaar with all four of us. Oh, how much I missed it!!
So, ya nothing big but isn’t that small little things make up the memories and life?? Generally in the muddle, we tend to overlook just how much these small things are a part of our lives and when we don’t have them anymore, we realize their otherwise invisible presence.
Leaving you and myself with this beautiful thought:
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault