“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”
Some days back, I came across this quote by Hans Christian Andersen shared by a friend on her timeline, and it got me thinking, obviously, what else can one expect from a thinker! 🙂 I am someone who draws inspiration from nature, so I took some time understanding and analysing the quote in my way.
The first thing that came to my mind was that the quote had elements of Nature in it – such as Sunshine and flower. And then there was the inclusion of the element of freedom as well. I knew what I wanted to write and present it through, well – pictures obviously. I have been traveling extensively through North Bengal for the past few days collecting moments and thankfully so, I soon fished out three pictures depicting Sunshine, Freedom and Flower, that portrayed exactly what was going through my mind. Here you go.
The above photograph was taken during our drive from Darjeeling to Kalimpong in West Bengal. There was a stop over at the picturesque Teesta – Rangeet Valley viewpoint. For me, this picture is a perfect example of sunshine for the quote. The silver lining is a reminder that no matter what, you have the power to shine through darkness. “Be your own sunshine” – that’s the motto. The sun’s nature is to shine, nothing can stop it from following it’s nature. Follow and be your own Natural self – that is all.
This picture is an “on-the-go” click, meaning it was shot from a moving car. Couldn’t have done much about it, we were driving from Kalimpong to Siliguri, the car was on the highway with the river Teesta flowing by, and we couldn’t stop the car. So I clicked it just like that, on intuition. I think it worked 🙂 What better way to denote freedom than a river itself!? A river, for me portrays detachment and attachment both. That’s true freedom. The flow is detachment, the goal to meet the sea is attachment, and losing her identity as she meets the sea is true love and detachment mixed with attachment. A river teaches us to live in the moment, while pursuing our goals. It’s about enjoying the journey, the process, always. So once you reach the destination, revel in your success, and then start thinking – what next. The mantra is to learn and grow. And help others learn and grow along with you.
Flowers – one of the most beautiful creations of Nature, can make anyone’s heart melt. This picture was clicked somewhere in Kurseong, I call these as wallflowers, because I found them growing out from anywhere, even walls! This picture is pretty close to my heart. I feel it signifies courage and bravery. In life, you will have to make many choices. To choose between right and wrong is one such choice. This flower denotes conscience and consciousness to me. It’s the inner voice. How would you respond to difficult situations? Are situations really difficult, or do we only perceive them as such? Determination, justice, character – these are what can make or break you. Choose wisely. Bloom. Stand apart from the rest if you have to. Stand up for what is right.
To sum it all up, some of us end up just existing. Living is something more than just existing. Don’t just exist. You are powerful enough to create the life you desire. Know yourself. Check out your goals, chalk out plans, surround yourself with people who fuel your energy, be enthusiastic yourself, reach out to people in need, be kind to yourself and strong enough to let go of things that are not meant for you to grow and fight for what are truly meant for your growth. Practise justice. Don’t take others or yourself for granted. Stop seeking happiness, because it’s right there within you. Find yourself, be yourself, love yourself. And have a lot of fun. That’s what living is all about.