I was once returning to my college and I didn’t have a ticket with me so I was sitting with other passengers at the end of a rail coach (where there is a seat for a railways helper). I met two people that day and I realized that everyone has their own perceptions and a great story of their life.
One was a guy from Delhi, around 24-25 years old. He was going to Chandigarh to meet his friends and he was coming from Goa after a week long party. Clearly he was a fun loving, rich guy who loved to travel and had lots of stories to tell about Tomorrowland, Sunburn and other such festivals he’s attended.
After he got off at Ambala, I started conversation with another guy.
He was about 22 years from a village in UP. He had a tragic life history of his own. When he was 2-3, his parents died in an accident and he then lived with his Maternal grandparents along with his elder brother who was 4 years elder to him. He used to miss his parents yet his life was interesting. He and his brother along with their friends used to take full enjoyment of a village life. Drinking, Roaming, Swimming in rivers etc. When he was about 15, his grandparents died, both within a month. After a couple of years, his brother got married to a girl of their village and the girl was in their friend circle too. So all three of them used to live happily while he studied hard to make the most out of the money his brother earned for him. They were not rich (only financially), but in values and love, I guess they surpassed Buffet or Gates. He did not have much money so he used his walls to study. Got into a college and just then, his brother and his (brother’s) pregnant wife died in a car crash. You could just think the guy’s (whom I met) life was destroyed. He studied hard in his college and advised me to do the same (I’d earlier told him I don’t like to study). And now he had tears in his eyes. He was earning 80k per month but he was all alone in his life. He just said, “Why should I earn? I don’t need much money. I loved my earlier simple life more when I had family and less money.” (Note that he too like me didn’t have any ticket.)
These incidents happened to me just on one journey, they might not be very interesting and special for anyone but for me, I was there at that moment. I saw the eyes of both guys.
I just realized that
- Life can be unfair and fair to different people at the same time.
- Money is good, but there are a lot of things more important than that:- Family, Love, Friendship.
- Don’t lose hope even if you lose everything, you’ve been given a LIFE by god. Utilize it to the most.
For me, that was the best train journey ever.