I saw him today and what I saw urged me to write about it. He taught me a valuable lesson. One gathers a lot of preconceived ideas as we roll through life which doesn’t truly do justice to the ones who are close to us. They tend to distance us with its rigidity.
My friend said he’d always wanted to do it simply because he thought it was ‘cool’. And that’s all there was to it. He did what he liked, he wasn’t apologetic about it and his face shone with the delight it apparently gave him. When I asked him if it was eliciting the response he expected, he shrugged and answered and I quote, ‘It looks nice, what’s really important is that I should like it and I am loving it!’
He’d set a target for himself and when he achieved the target he told himself he’d gift himself a pierced ear. Was he a changed person because of that? Yes! He was happier! Did the way he related to others change? No! He was the same happy-go-lucky, easy-going guy we had always known him to be. Why then do we hold on stiff views for the sake of holding on? Because we always want to be right? Indirectly he showed us we are the ones who needed to change! What matters in the end is the fact that he is happy, and that is all that permeates on to us!
Come to think of it it does look ‘ruggedly cool’! I will reluctantly admit!