“Metro Train with destination to ____ is going to enter platform number 1/2.
Please stand behind the yellow line.
Thank you for your attention.”
Wow, it was not hard to remember these lines. Actually it was quite easy as these words keep on circling my mind everyday. The same might be the case with many of you out there who know what a tedious job it is to travel in a metro with the same lines ringing in your ears twice a day.
“Mom, hurry up with my lunchbox. If I do not leave in another five minutes, I won’t be able to board the metro on time.”
Instead of Good Morning these lines have become our greeting for our parents every morning. We are already dictated by our work schedule, and now we also get controlled by our respective metro’s timings. If we might miss the one that comes with vacant seats then we would have to travel while standing and that sure as hell is not easy. This has become our mornings’ goal.
(to oneself) “My life is not what I thought it to be.”
(to a fellow passenger) “My parents-in-law do not find me worthy enough.”
(on phone) “I love you too. I will call you once I reach home.”
(on text message) “Would be late for dinner, metro isn’t working properly.”
So many stories unravel in this metro travel, everyday.
Some find their way into our hearts because to some extent they might be our stories. Fights, Love, Family Drama, Friendship, this metro travel has become so much more than just plain travel. It no longer means travelling from A to B.
It means learning lines of a play of which we all have become characters, unknowingly.
It means reinventing ways to be with our families in the least of time and words we get.
It means being an actor in a movie called “Metro Life” with so many roles to play everyday.
And, finally it means to be less of ourselves everyday, since in this journey between rail tracks we are slowly forgetting the true meaning of our lives.
But (there should always be a positive BUT 😉 ), life is what we make of it even if it means spending a certain number of hours everyday in a metro. Devise ways to make the most of it and do not get played by the hands of monotony.
It is in our hands to keep the spark of life, ALIVE.