As I sipped the refreshing coconut water outside and bit into a juicy pear, a sudden roar from somewhere near startled me.........Oh my God , how could i forget ? India was into the final moments of its Test Match against Australia and the situation on field had everybody on their tenterhooks. I quickly rushed towards the arena of action, all eyes glued towards the LCD screens, people craning their necks to catch every single movement that was happening on the field. Those who were having their lunch bit the fingers along with the food, not because the food was deliciously finger licking ( ahhh! wish that was the case too !), but because the excitement, the enthusiasm, the fervour of the moment was so palpable. Nine wickets down, six runs to win and each ball directed towards the batsman loaded with expectations of hitting the boundary...... collective sighs and gasps charged the air and all heartbeats converged to the uniform pattern of crests and troughs.
Just two runs left now, eyes transfixed to the screen, even the winking is controlled and simulated......and FINALLY here goes the boundary........ Claps, whistles, roars, shouts ......its euphoria all around.....INDIA WINS !
The hi-5s, the pats on the back, the impromptu jig, in those moments of ecstasy all you feel is a sense of collective joy, pride and happiness. Some events do have the power to bring each one of us together, weave us back into the mosaic all of us are a part of and Cricket is just one of them. What amazes me is that in those moments nothing, absolutely nothing else matters to us. We simply break free and experience the, well...ummmm, the experience of being close and together.
Such are the moments when one truly lives and not merely exists. These may seem to be so inconsequential relative to the "larger things in life" that we value or at least are "expected to value". But again, go back to the silence, delve deep into your heart and listen......what were those moments or experiences when you truly lived, enjoyed, smiled and celebrated. Hold onto these small, little, "insignificant" things. And one day you will realise how BIG is small !!!!!!