Here is one of my #KhudKoKarBuland moments in life. Just take a look at this video:
I watched it last night and loved it – the messages this video gives are simple and heart-warming and yet so many of us, tend to forget how important being prepared for life and it’s various turns, is.
One of my favourite Life Quotes is:
Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.
I am by nature, a care-free – or let’s call it what it is – a careless girl. I have forgotten my school bag in the school because I wanted to swing after school. I’ve missed picking up my mom from the bus stand because I was busy painting the masterpiece of my 16 years old life. I have come out of an exam having answered only 7 questions out of 10 because I forgot to turn the page on the question paper. I could go on, really. But all that changed for the good, thankfully, after a Khud Ko Kar Buland Moment I experienced.
It happened when I was travelling from Delhi to Dibrugarh (Assam), and it was a connecting flight via Kolkata where I had to spend 4 hours. The thing about this journey was that while you had to wait at the Kolkata airport, your luggage would be directly transferred to the connecting flight. This used to work out great for me every time I travelled this route, as I would have fun at the airport, reading my books and eating and just talking to the husband. But I realize now that this relaxed state was achieved mainly because my husband who would travel with me every time. He is always well prepared and because of him, I would be super relaxed and have fun.
But this time, it was just me. He was to meet me at the Dibrugarh airport. And almost immediately as I landed in Kolkata, the “relaxed state” turned into chaos.
I had not eaten anything since the morning – not before leaving for the airport, neither during the Delhi to Kolkata flight. So by the time I reached Kolkata airport, I was starving. The catch here was – I did not have enough cash with me because I kept spending in Delhi and was too lazy to go to the ATM. I had to leave early in the morning to catch the Delhi to Kolkata flight and I was already late, so I told my mom, who was worried about it – “Oh, I’ll handle everything mom! I’ll find an ATM at the airport.”
I didn’t. I was running late and did not have time to stand in line at the ATM at the Delhi airport. “Oh, I’ll take some cash out at the Kolkata airport!” I said to myself and since I wasn’t hungry by this time, I happily spent the remaining cash in the flight, on overpriced miniature airplane show-pieces, a USB drive shaped like a plane because it was cute, and a Swizz Knife because everyone knows how imperative a Swizz Knife is for everyone, right? Yes, I was completely crazy back in the day.
At the Kolkata airport, I was left with only 65 bucks and when I went around trying to find an ATM – I discovered that there was none. This was 2010 and Kolkata airport was under massive renovations at the time. There were no ATM services inside! To make matters worse, the food counters there, did not accept cards. Sitting on a lounge chair, with a rumbling stomach, I called my husband. Why didn’t I withdraw money before I started on this journey, he asked.
“For God’s sake! It’s just 4 hours!” I said sullenly. “Or so I thought. I didn’t realize I didn’t have any more money somewhere in my wallet!”
“Okay calm down” He said. He then proceeded to tell me that there was a stash of money inside my passport cover. He said he had kept it there for almost a year, for emergencies like these. I could have jumped up and down with glee at this, but I just gave him a million kisses on the phone and ran towards the food counter Kolkata airport had at the time.
This trip taught me a big lesson in being ready for every possibility so that it doesn’t disrupt life. My husband’s preparedness saved me from going without food for the entire day. Now, I try to be prepared for all adversities because it not the problems that define us, it is the way we deal with them.
This #KhudKoKarBuland moment taught me the value of planning.
No matter what stage of life we are in, we need to be prepared. To fail to plan is almost like planning to fail, and who wants that, right? Life teaches us that although we cannot avoid the high and the lows in our lives, we sure can save ourselves a lot of trouble by being well prepared, by planning ahead and by making ourselves stronger i.e. Buland. Even when 4 seemingly short hours of total chaos made me doubt myself, in the end it was my #KhudKoKarBuland Moment – the moment where I realized that no matter what life throws at me, I can deal with it. And if we are well prepared, there’s nothing that can rob our spirit, right?
So, here’s to life, and it’s #KhudKoKarBuland Moments that make us realize that with the right attitude and solid planning, we can conquer everything.