Friday, May 19, 2006

Speed Thrills but.....

'Speed thrills but Kills' said one of the signs near a traffic signal. All I could think of was 'Speed thrills but fools you'. If you are wondering what I am trying to say, it is just that I just learnt this morning that I am not as smart as I claimed to be the day before yesterday evening.

The day before yesterday, I was confronted with a question from a friend asking me if I think I am cute. Very interesting question actually. I hate to admit the fact that all of us lose the 'cuteness' in ourselves once we are out of the 'Innocence'. As you might have realised by now all of us are well out of innocence and smart enough to understand lot of things... So I thought 'Smart' would define me better. I told my friend that I am Smart.....Obviously God heard me... all boastful of myself... and He in fact acted upon the line immediately, as immediate as yesterday morning...

As usual my day started slow, waited for the energy of the morning cheer to flow in, and picked up speed when I did my usual chores. The smart person that I thought I am I would definitely not miss out on cooking a detailed meal for myself. Besides I packed my lunch box, got ready to go to work place, said hi to the 'Good God' for all that he is to me, practically stuffed my breakfast that I had made, closed all the doors and windows, switched off all the fans and lights in the house, plugged the mobile phone off the charger... (not forgetting to pull the charger off the plug point lest any ‘incident’ occurs), cleared the kitchen and sent things straight into the fridge, checked if I have closed the stove's knobs, carried the cheque to pay my dear Mobile phone service provider( The company is dear as long as you pay your cheque), locked the door, pulled the lock once or twice to check if it is actually locked properly, and finally leapt out of the first floor along the flight of stairs as if I was a Gymnastic professional in Olympics.

I jumped into the auto as usual and headed straight to the bus stop where I caught up on a phone call that I was supposed to have made early in the morning...The bus which usually comes at least minute earlier than me, came about 7 minutes late yesterday.. :) Needless to say I smiled to myself thinking of the fact that I had started the day smart... 'Smarter than the Bus'... or should it be the bus driver?? doesn’t matter... the idea is that I was pretty high-headed....

Every reason for me to be high-headed, I thought, as I had managed to remember to do all these just in 15 minutes.... Well, whether or not you believe me, this is my routine between 7:35 and 7:50 A.M each day.

Window seats are places of enlightenment I would say... after all the hurry early in the morning, when I finally settled down in my window seat, I realised that I had not closed one of the taps at home. I usually fill up one bucket of water every day before I leave the house each morning, just in case of emergency water pump repair or any such 'serious' issue... (Well, you don’t think it is serious...? you will, if you were in Chennai which is full of small (smart) surprises every minute)....

‘So what is the big deal?’ is your question which I can clearly hear from your end.... It is just that the water is going to overflow and rush out through the sink…. and in Chennai city, if you waste water...... you will have to answer every Tom, Dick, and Harry in the flat where you stay. I for one person can’t stop to answer every one, simply because, I have lot of other better things to do..... As you might have known from this mini episode...

In spite of taking care of the minutiae in the day's chores, I forgot the seemingly easy but important task of closing an open tap…One reason to prove that I am not smart enough to handle it all in the morning rush hour.

Just then, I saw a biker rushing past the bus I was in.... Speed thrills but kills said the sign post... "Speed thrills but fools you..." I rephrased....

In the busy day at office, I took a break to write this page. I am sending the link to my friend whose question gave me a new insight.....I need to find out the kind of person I am.... Cute, and Smart have been crossed out.. Let me see what other option would describe me best.. When another enlightenment dawns, I will surely let you know... Thanks for your time... By the way, the time you invested to read this article is not going to be useless, for I am sure you would have already pondered over the times when your speed or ‘The Rush’ has proved you 'Not-so-smart'....
Today, I woke up 10 minutes early to handle things at a slightly normal pace trying hard to retain the inherent 'Smart Girl' profile that I claimed to be, the day before yesterday.
”Time is precious... Plan your time and outsmart the Murphy’s Laws” – Another golden thought pops out in my mind whether I like it or not….

1 comment:

ikencliff said...

Errrr... a morning 'To do' checklist might help!

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