Last week I met my childhood friend and we ended
up going down the memory lane. We spent a lot of time talking about our
childhood days. We remembered how we played in the mud, how we climbed trees, our
meeting spot was a guava tree, falling off our bi-cycle and lots and lots of inexpensive
games and other activities based on seasons and trends.
Even though we have changed so much through
these years and are so different now, what we realized is that we are the same when
it came to talking about our childhood memories. Back then we thought we were just living our life without realizing
that we were making beautiful memories.
As we spent time together we realized the whole
world around us has drastically changed since the late nineties. From having
only one channel on Doordarshan to owning a smart TV, smart phones, smart this,
smart that, everything seems so smart these days including people.
Every era has its own advantages and
disadvantages and there is no right or wrong to it. But what we recollected is
that we led such naive life back then. We were so connected with every person
we met to the extent that even relatives of neighbors knew us well. Everyone was family.
There were no gender specific games or color or
even choices. Both boys and girls played all games. We were a part of every
festival celebrated by anyone around us. From sharing food to water bottles to
toys to books to even punishments. Everything was fun and momentary. There was
no reason to feel bored or stay angry at anyone for long. Even summer vacations
were so much fun.
The next few days made me nostalgic remembering
all my childhood friends and the beautiful memories connected to them. They are
so dear to me and will always be. As times goes by new memories formed and many
more are yet to form, but the old ones shall never be forgotten and will be
my heart yearns for and what I miss now the most is a genuine emotional connect.
Even though it seems very simple, at times I wonder “Am I asking for too much”?
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