Have you ever really looked around you when you board the train? Did you notice that little girl in a plain white cotton shirt with a hot pink flowy skirt and sandals on her feet matching the ribbons tying her plaits? Did you notice that man in a suit who constantly keeps checking his watch with a perplexed look as if time is running out?
Most probably not. Because we all are too caught up in the world of technology to even notice the train never stops.
Life is like a train ride. We get on, ride, get off, get on again and ride some more. At certain stops, surprise awaits us. Some turn out to be exhilarating, some turn out to be a vacuum of darkness.
We’re led on to the train by our parents, the very people we think are going to be with us for a long time, only to realise they won’t. They too have journeys they must complete. We continue to live on with the memories of their love, affection, guidance, and their ever presence.
There are other who board the train, people of interesting stories. We grow to love and cherish them because they matter. Because they’re important. Because they’re friends and family.
Some people who board the train are carefree; they just ride along happily, smiling and laughing as the train goes. Then, there are others who reach out to those who are trapped in their world of setbacks and defeat. Some leave an imprint, some get on and off so quickly that you barely know they did.
Everyone’s journey is blessed with hopes, dreams, challenges, setback, and goodbyes. How we confront them makes a difference.
There will be times when the train crawls slowly along the tracks. Appreciate and take in the view. There will be times when the train goes so fast everything outside is a blur. Enjoy the exhilarating speed and let the adrenaline fill you up. There will also be the chance the train derails. If that does happen, it will hurt, a lot, for a long time. But there will be people who will get you back on track.
The bigger mystery of our journey is our last stop. It is undeniable that we will have to alight but we don’t know when. Neither do we know when our travel companions will make their last stop. But at that time when we do, you’ll realise that life is about the journey and the destination.
Savour the time and be content. Know and have faith that at the end of your ride, it will have the right passengers on board and all of them at one time or another were there for a reason.
Enjoy the ride.