A friend of mine crossed 45 years of age. I asked him what's changing? He sent me following lines.
Yes, I am changing . — After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children, my friends, now I have started loving myself.
Yes, I am changing. — I just realised that I am not “Atlas”. The world does not rest on my shoulders.
Yes, I am changing — I now stopped bargaining with vegetables and fruits vendors. After all, a few rupees more is not going to burn a hole in my pocket but it might help the poor fellow save for his daughter’s school fees.
Yes, I am changing — I pay the taxi driver without waiting for the change. The extra money might bring a smile on his face. After all he is toiling much harder for a living than me
Yes, I am changing — I stopped telling the elderly that they've already narrated that story many times. After all, the story makes them walk down the memory lane and relieve the past.
Yes, I am changing — I've learnt not to correct people even when I know they are wrong. After all, the onus of making everyone perfect is not on me. Peace is more precious than perfection.
Yes, I am changing — I give compliments freely and generously. After all it's a mood enhancer not only for the recipient, but also for me.
Yes, I am changing — I've learnt not to bother about a crease or a spot on my shirt. After all, personality speaks louder than appearances.
Yes, I am changing — I walk away from people who don't value me. After all, they might not know my worth, but I do.
Yes, I am changing — I remain cool when someone plays dirty politics to outrun me in the rat race. After all, I am not a rat and neither am I in any race.
Yes, I am changing — I am learning not to be embarrassed by my emotions. After all, it's my emotions that make me human.
Yes, I am changing — I have learnt that its better to drop the ego than to break a relationship. After all, my ego will keep me aloof whereas with relationships I will never be alone.
Yes, I am changing — I've learnt to live each day as if it's the last. After all, it might be the last.
Yes, I am changing — I am doing what makes me happy. After all, I am responsible for my happiness, and I owe it to me.
السلام علیکم و رحمۃ اللہ و برکاتہ!
محمّد عبد الحمید
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