A Journey of a Common Man

Posted on April 8, 2012


“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” -Greg Anderson

Local train…. platform in India

I live in a country where 1.21 billion other people live. So the journey each one of us covers each day is not easy or smooth. We are not the people who born with golden spoon in our mouth. And I am not the only one; billions of other people fall in to the category to which I fall. We all have the same identity. We all are common men of our country. And to be honest we are proud of that.

We are the people- “Who hold the right to choose who will be the lawmaker of our country; We are the people who gift fame & stardom to some people among us each Friday when their movies release on theater. We  are the people who look like one family, when we celebrate on road when our country’s cricket or hockey team win world cup. We are the people who protest on road when something wrong going on in any part of our big country.

So yes we all are the pillars of our country. We are stars in our own eyes; we are famous among our own circles. Even the prime minister of our country is less powerful than us in our locality.

Local train running on the track

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” – Don Williams, Jr. quotes (American Novelist and Poet)

Yes we all have our own problems to deal with, we all have our own enemies to fight with; still we have dreams in our eyes and the confidence in us to do something extraordinary in life. Our road of life may not be as smooth as it is for some other people;  our road to success and fame may have lots of twists & turns in it; still we enjoy this journey while learning those lessons life give us during this journey.

Although it’s sun day and every office in this city is closed; still this person is so much habituated to the life he is living; he is running to get a place for him after entering the train with out even noticing that the whole train is empty. 🙂

Each day millions of people start this journey with a local train. Yes we call it as “heart of our city”.  It some how becomes an important part of everyone’s life.  In past also it helped many people in making their dreams to turn in to reality. It helps each one of us, who are proud of being a common man without asking us- “To which family we belong or how much bank balance we have or not even how much marks we obtained”. What it tells us is that-“If you have the will to make it big, I am going to help you in this journey”.

“To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping”

The biggest thing a journey in local train teaches each one of us is-” You have to fight for your own survival, you have to find your own chair where you would fit in to”; Just like each person has to find a place to sit by his/her own  who travels by a local train.

The local train starts much before we wake up and it stops long after we go to bed. And the biggest thing is it never complains.  So it inspires everyone to take one step at a time towards our dream without thinking about the destination. If we are doing so; one day we would realize that we are very close to our dreams.

Auto Rickshaw…. waiting for passengers to start their journey

“I hoped that the trip would be the best of all journeys: a journey into ourselves” – Shirley MacLaine

It does not matter by which medium we are covering this journey of life. The most important thing is if we are enjoying whatever moments we have during this journey and if we are ready to accept whatever challenge life is throwing us in this journey. The best journey of life is- a journey from what other thinks about us to the realization of what we have in us. Yes, the best journey is the journey in to ourselves. No one can make it big in this journey of life, until he go through this journey in to himself.

“It is always our own self that we find at the end of the journey. The sooner we face that self, the better.” -Ella Maillart

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead. I am leaving you with few more pictures of the vehicles you can see in this part of the world, which help people to cover this wonderful journey of life.

Cycle Rickshaw…. It’s very rare sight to see them on road now; but might be I was lucky…