Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Zest


During my commute in public transport, I indulge in my favourite pastime. I observe people.

I try to theorize about their stories, their lives, their day.

One set of people I come across quite frequently are the elderly; A medley of couples, friends, same-gender friends and siblings.

Often times, they have some issues like problematic knees, poor eyesight, poor hearing and so on.

Some with their faded eyes, quiet demeanour have this body language which screams "am-so-tired-of-this-damn-life". There are some who have this look in their eyes which says "am-so-contented-with-this-life". 

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But the ones who really grab my eyeballs are those with a sparkle in their eyes, a chirpy note in their voice, a lovely smile (sometimes toothless!) on their face.and an infectious laughter, while displaying great energy levels (for their age). Their body language speaks of an independence, of an attitude that they have embraced & want to embrace life in all it's colours. They have this "I have seen it all, done it all. So, just bring it on" air about them. They don't allow their physical conditions to hinder them one bit. As if nothing can faze them! Maybe nothing does. It's downright refreshing and fascinating!
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I suspect these are the ones who have never been lazy in their lives, always finding something or the other to make themselves useful in someway. Their hands and mind lying idle frustrates them, especially when their energies don't measure up sometimes. They take life head-on with so much enthusiasm. Such people cheer me up and get me pondering. I have found such elderly people within the family and outside of it.

I can't help but smile (a big spontaneous one too!) admiringly whenever I come across them.

I salute their zest for life.



16 comments:

  1. I agree Prathima...every one has problems and difficulties in life..it's just the way each of us handle it and show it outside. Such people bring cheers in the lives of people around them as well. Hey btw, thank you so much for dropping by each day at my blog and for your continued support through out the challenge. Happy Blogging ahead!!!

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    1. You are very welcome and thank you too! :)

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  2. True. such people inspire me a lot too. In this young age when ever I feel life is defeating me I look upon such folks and pat my self
    good one and congos on finishing the challenge :D

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  3. Oh yes, zest is the grease which gets you through the toughest of challenges. What a fantastic post to wind up the challenge! Congratulations, Prathima. This is your first A to Z challenge, isn't it?

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    1. Thank you Cynthia, for your kind words and wishes. It is indeed my first A-Z challenge :)

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  4. So true....zest the word that drives us may be for so many different things...nice concluding post for the challenge :)

    Z for Zen-Random Thoughts Naba

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  5. Absolutely right Prathima. People with such a zest for life are definitely good to be around. Congratulations for finishing the A-Z :-)

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    1. Thank you Ghata! Congratulations to you too :)

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  6. I read the first two lines of your post and went, "Hey! That's ME!"

    I try to figure out their stories too. I also try to figure out their attitude and build many stories as I wander off on a trip... imagining their life. It keeps me entertained. That's why I never get bored when I have to wait in a public place. :D

    Congratulations on completing the challenge. I am grateful to the challenge and to A to Zeders for introducing me to your insightful posts. It was a pleasure reading you. I will continue visiting your space now that the challenge is over.

    <3

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    1. I guess we need to hang out together! :) Thank you so much Dagny. I certainly look forward to your visits on this blog. :)

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  7. Zest was a great one for 'Z.' Congrats on finishing the challenge!
    Abby@ TrueBelovedBlog.com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Abby, and your kind words. Yes, the challenge was an enriching experience for me.

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  8. Well said....each one of them have a story to tell. Interesting to observe them na? Sorry, took some time to comment. Have replied to your comment on my blog. Keep writing and inspiring. <3

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    1. Certainly Janu. No worries. And thank you for all that you did. I surely will keep writing. :)

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