Dictionary defines priceless as something ‘dear or precious; something irreplaceable.’ People put different things under this category. While it’s esteem, prestige and dignity for some, it’s a job, reputation, status for others. It maybe love for one and ancestral property for another; an achieved position after struggle or simply a lifestyle.
Sitting among peers, when I asked what they would say is priceless to them, most responded by saying, “The ring my boyfriend gave me,” “The new dress or shoes I got for my birthday,” “The Maybelline kit my aunt sent me from New York,” “The Audi that my dad gave me,” etc. Ironically, all these things have a price tag. And nobody mentioned the one thing that comes with no price tag and is in no one’s means to buy, and that is — life.
Lost in the magic of this world, influenced by the lust of its materialism and blinded by greed, man forgets the most fundamental fact of his existence – ‘Life hai to sab hai!’ (If you live, you have everything)
A friend of my mom has all the luxuries that one could dream of. She is a working lady, a proud mother of four (three sons and a daughter), wife to a wonderful and successful business man. Materialistically also very successful with a beautiful five-bedroom house of their own, a BMW car and her children own nothing less than iPhones. She has the liberty to choose the best education for her children from across the world.
Socially, they are respected as a sophisticated and charitable family. But parents consider their lives to have a meaning if they have blessed children. And she does. All her three sons are beautiful, smart and talented, with a raging spirit of being a winner.
As for her daughter – a beautiful 10-year-old child – is a victim of down syndrome and may not live to complete her teens. No matter how much she spends, there is little hope for a complete cure. Ask her what the ‘real’ priceless is?!
Walk up to a young leukemia patient or an old arthritis patient and ask them what life means and they will tell us how blessed we are to be able to live life the way we want and how unfortunate we are to not appreciate it. I think it is natural for mankind to realize the value of ‘priceless’ when it’s either at stake or slipping away. It is only when something like Arushi happens around us that we realize what we are losing.
Hope and faith, the keys of life, are lost like they never existed. The youth of today, which is devoid of these essential keys and claims to deal with life ‘practically,’ is so weak that it would rather give up on life than fight the simplest complications such as the exam results.
They treat life like it’s a burden. Little do they realize that life is more than ‘just a ridiculous race wherein being at the second position is not acceptable.’ That it is okay to not be in the top notch. The problem is in the very mindset of people. We have convinced ourselves that whatever we have — financially, socially, and materialistically — is not enough. This is so because we are always busy lamenting what others have and instead don’t celebrate what we do have.
If only people could have the eye to appreciate and enjoy the real aspects of life that they are blessed with, life would be bliss and the world would be a better place.
Just the other day, a few of my friends and I, played childhood games like ice and water, kho-kho and kabbaddi in our hostel. In the two hours that we played, I realized how small moments of pure fun and happiness can make your being worth.
In today’s time, concepts such as ‘family time,’ ‘friends get-together’ etc, hardly have any value.
I understand it’s a competitive world, life is busy and an attempt to be successful is not a sin. But is there anything worth killing the memories with friends, which will bring smiles to our faces in the years to come, and the quality time that can be spent with family which brings peace beyond imagination?!
Well folks, it’s about time that we realize the value of the ‘real’ priceless. I don’t want to be in the category of people who ignore the reality for now and then regret for the rest of their lives. So if you ask me what is priceless for me, I will tell you that it is: the trust of my parents, the time with my friends, the late night snacks and movies with my roommates, my college days (that are flying away!) and most importantly my life, which I will try to appreciate and live to the best of my capability.
Life is like a rose. Though the thorns are inevitable, they do not compromise its beauty or significance. Similarly, you are bound to get your share of thorns in life but that doesn’t compromise the importance of living life and appreciating it. All it takes to curb the thorns is faith and the spirit to go on.
Therefore friends, let us wake up from the dreamless sleep we have put ourselves in, and enjoy the ice cream before it melts.