NOTE: This is not my regular travel post. This post is for the ‘Cherished Blogfest’.
Life today is fast and hectic, no matter wherever we are. We want to do multiple things at the same time, earn more money, and achieve more fame and so on. Basically, there is no end to our greed. The more we have, the more we want, and we want more because we want more happiness.
However, if we slow down our life a little bit, we begin to find moments and things that give us true happiness – moments that we cherish, things that we hold dearly. Happiness is hidden somewhere inside us, not outside. Probably, we don’t really think of it at present because we are too busy in this weird fast life of ours, but these things that bring us happiness are lying around somewhere in our closet, our basement, our garage and most important of all – in deep crevices of our heart.
The thing that I cherish the most is my Timex Lextra wrist watch. Well, when you look at it there is nothing special about it, but by now you must have known that it still holds a special place in my heart and in my life. I have always been a fan of Timex watches. I currently own and wear Timex E-Tide Compass wrist watch which is 15 times expensive than the Lextra model, but I am still emotionally attached to the simpler Lextra watch. There are many reasons for it holding such special place. Firstly, it is the first wrist watch of my life. The second reason is a bit longer, but I’m still sharing it.
To be honest, I was not really into academics and was just a below average student. Things went horribly wrong for me in 1994, when I failed the exams in the eighth grade. My parents were upset, especially my mother. I decided to change school. Now, I was in the midst of new friends and the same old syllabus that haunted me the past year. However, I studied really hard just to ensure that I get good grades and make my parents feel proud of me. Surprisingly, I topped my class. For a below average student like me this was a moment of a lifetime. For the entire year, I topped my class & every competition that I participated in.
Then one fine evening when I was strolling with my mother, now quite happy and content, I saw this Timex Lextra watch in the shop window. I come from a middle-class family, so my mother had to make certain adjustments to the monthly budget, but she did buy me the watch. I cherish it not just because it was among the first gifts that I had earned, but also because it was among the last gifts that my mother gifted me.
She passed away a year later in 1995. The watch not only reminds me of the bond that I shared with my mother, but also reminds me that there is no limit to what you can do, if only you put your mind to it.