Running Musings

I usually get my best ideas when I am on a long easy run. This is also the time when I get to contemplate on where my life is heading and all the other usual heavy stuff I usually avoid. I had recently watched the latest romantic bollywood hit, ‘Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani’. I had found the whole movie to be pleasantly easy and light except for one sentence which struck a deep cord with me. Ranbir’s step mother justifies Ranbir’s way of life and decisions by saying something to the effect of ‘It is more difficult to follow & live your life by your dreams than to live a normal life’. Seemed like the story of my life. Decisions which most people assume are selfish are in fact the most difficult as you have to so strongly believe in your dream to go ahead with them.

These were some of the thoughts going through my mind while I was running on marine drive on my sunday long run. Also in my thoughts were, is the ‘pursuit’ of one’s dreams what actually brings happiness or the actual realization of those dreams. I for one have always enjoyed the journey rather than result. How I came to this conclusion will be a story for another day.

Immersed as I was in these deep thoughts, I heard a soft but confident voice call out to me at the end of marine drive. I turned around to see a young blind woman who was asking me to help her cross the road. What struck me was her soft, confident and happy voice. She wanted to get to Hare Rama Hare Krishna temple. She seemed excited to get to the temple. I wonder when I was so innocently happy.. I wonder what made her so content. Anyway, seeing her happy and content made me happy. She didn’t have money, didn’t seem to have a great career, she didn’t even have eyesight, but she was happy! She is my woman of the day!

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About the author: Amit Arvind


A graduate from the prestigious National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Amit Arvind is a former international athlete having won several international medals in the sport of sailing. After 12 years as an officer in the Indian Navy, he retired prematurely to follow his dream of being an entrepreneur and started iLogo. He is an avid marathoner and finished 32nd overall in the 2012 Mumbai Marathon


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