Life is like that
Earlier this year a great video came out titled “Beautiful Bangladesh Land of Stories”.
What’s so great about it? It’s a snapshot of the best bits of Bangladesh, from rolling hills, serpentine rivers, marshes, mangrove forests to vast plains of green paddy field. It didn’t just showcase the land, it showcased the people, the culture, the traditional Baul singers, the madness of old Dhaka, the tea gardens, the tribal dances & celebrations, the somber 21st February to ecstatic 14th April Bangla new year celebrations.
The guy in the video is married to one of my colleague and the question she had to fend the most was “Where’s the million of people who always gather to gawk at you”?
It was asked in a half-joking, half teasing way. As a nation, we are very hospitable people and while we forgive our guests for their many guffaws, we also tend to be intensively curious about the people who visit us. Even though it’s a muslim majority country, I have had people who has lived here at least for 6 months, tell me that we are more secular and chilled out, then they had been led to expect.
Life is like that.
The movie version of your life, the story of yourself that plays in your head, the voices that govern your consciousness and guides your decision… are those of your own choosing?
Are you directing your own life?
Do you choose to see the good in you and others?
Or do you gravitate to the negative – holding on to slights, anger and hurt?
What are you shooting? What are you choosing to focus on?
If you could make a movie on your life – what would it be like? would you show the broken dreams, misplaced trusts, the hurts? or would choose to focus on the good things, the highlights if you please, like this video?
So that brings me to my next question – are your opinions your own or someone else’s?
Are you living an examined life? or just cruising through on auto-pilot?
If today was the last day of your life – what would you do different?