Let Go

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Diwali is a special time for all of us in India., Just like Christmas in the West. The grandiosity of such a festival is mind- boggling. A new start, fresh beginnings and friendship- reborn like a phoenix that rises from the ashes. But Diwali, like many other holidays in other places, has some bitter sweet memories for some of us. Everything old has had a small role to play in the way we are, the way we function and the way we behave. But leaving these old things, or changing habits is harder than we think.

We are propagators of change and yet when the time comes to change we are the most reluctant. For something new to take place, we have to get rid of the old. As Indians, we are big on the concept of ownership- whether for a house, a piece of land, a car or any other material possession. We have memories in every corner – the kitchen where we made our first meal, the driveway where you learned to drive your bike, the stairs that you wished weren’t there or the wall where you measured your kids. The memories we make help us go a long way. And its safe to say that we are more than a little possessive of these things. So when it comes to selling any of these items, it makes us feel like parents of the bride, giving away their daughter- bitter sweet.

We cant move forward without knowing where we’ve come from. But sometimes, we lose track of our roots. We forget who we are, what our values are and how we should treat others. In the tumult of our everyday lives, we forget that our friends and our families, are not our possessions. A fact that has been forgotten by most young people these days. We discard relationships and friendships instead of ego and pride. We value cars and phones instead of kind words and hugs. And then we come out with studies and wonder why is the youth in depression?

We see young people falling apart every day, relationships going to waste. But why is it that we never fight for each other and only against? Have we even forgotten how to fight for ourselves? All those people who have an oppressive partner or those people who have to deal with unreasonable bosses- are we so scared to be ourselves, that we lose our identity? We complain about everything and anything that comes our way, but we forget that unless we fight for ourselves and remove the old, nothing new, nothing better can make its way to us. Nature changes shorelines when required- and yet we’re scared to let go of our old selves to bring in something new.

“We must let go of the life we have planned

so as to accept the one we have waiting for us”- Joseph Campbell

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