the thing about india.

1 Sep

so the funny thing about being thrust into this whole india situation is that i’ve come into contact with events almost everyday that have made me question life, my existence and the choices i’ve made.

frankly, it gets to be a bit exhausting.

but i think that, in addition to a deep appreciation for the more hilarious events in my life, what i’ve derived from all this is a true sense of”make it count“. (thank you jack dawson)

i’ve seen so much crazy stuff – kids getting hit by cars, animals taking their last breath, men having the shit kicked out of them and so on – that you know – i figure that if today is it, i want to go out feeling like i did it the right way.

so i’ve started saying what i want to say to those who need to hear it.

for me this has meant a simple “i love you” or “i am grateful for you” – to more complicated admissions like “i’m sorry i was a total see-you-next-tuesday”.

i think the latter is the more interesting of circumstances because it means having the guts to put yourself in a situation where you are likely to be told off. it hasn’t happened yet, but as i hit send last night on one of these “i’m sorry” notes to someone from a long time ago, i realized that i was opening myself up to a possible shit-storm of insults. so it goes i guess…maybe i’ll just avoid my inbox for a while.

(or only read emails whilst drinking chilled chardy. yes, this seems like the more reasonable option.)

the point is, that because of india i feel i truly understand how f*&king short life is. i think i get it now -and not just as a saying on a t-shirt or some shitty motivational cat poster – like i really get how fleeting our existences are. because i’ve seen it go down.

i kind of want to punch this cat in the face.

so i am trying to live my moments by being as honest as i can be. i want to know that when my time comes i can be confident that i left nothing unsaid that needed to be said, and nothing undone that should have been done.

so this is the thing about india: this insane – totally insane – country is teaching me to be humble and kind to those who have touched my life in a way i never imagined.

and i think that’s probably important.

5 Responses to “the thing about india.”

  1. A.A.B. (auntie angie baby) September 2, 2011 at 3:32 am #

    Oh for crap sake…did you really, REALLY have to go all the way there to find this out?

    • al September 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

      there’s a difference between saying you understanding it, and really like…deeply getting it.

      the latter is definitely true for me now.

      • A.A.B. (auntie angie baby) September 2, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

        okay. good answer. when you come home i will take you for a walk through juravinski in hamilton. it’s kinda like the india of healthcare. btw, i love you.

  2. barnet September 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    For those that can see, no explanation is needed.
    For those that cannot, none is possible.

  3. haniemarie September 2, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    I would prefer if your admissions to me consist of “and your beautiful blonde locks” and “your charming and addicting personality.” Mkay?

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