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Age and Perception

Updated on May 19, 2015

As a Child...

As a child aged 10-12 years of age, I was always intimidated by such rosy, cheerful and glowing paths and was confident that life would continue to be a similar experience as it was at that age.
At age 11, all I handled was eating, playing, studying and sleeping. No decisions used to be made from my end. No tensions, no heartbreaks. My books and friends were my constant companions, and all we did was laugh, break up and make up soon after.

Life was rolling by and soon this path surrounded by luscious green and orange fauna started shedding thus giving away all the coolness that it would actually encompass or at least pretend to give to a person treading upon such a path.

I was one of them.

A Teen...

Entered teens, and realized how actual rosy a life could seem but was not in reality! I would still admire the above painting, but would blink with moist eyes, and wished that such paths would exist. By that time treachery, heartaches, loss, failure were common terms along with some occasional goofing around. Decisions were made solely by me blame it on the age I was, that I refused to listen to my parents and would prefer to do the opposite of what they wished or desired. But still deep in my heart I wanted to tread that path, but it no longer existed!

With, "Why" questions I continued the journey of life.

An Adult...

Came Adulthood and such a path would be jeered upon just by the sight of it. The loud scoffs with friends of the same age group that such posters look good in the living room, but not in reality was an everyday dialog.


Middle age has come and with the gray hair came the wisdom of life that there is more to it than just a 9-8pm job, education to kids, summer holidays. There is a line that can be drawn between wants and needs, and the precise definition of happiness evolved along with it. Now when I would look at this poster; I smile. The smile is intense and penetrating into the wrinkles of my cheeks as eyes get narrow cause of the intensity of the smile while my nose adjusts the frame of my spectacles.
"aha! " I remark with enthusiasm as I sip some water to keep that throat from getting hoarse and continue, "This is the path I had envisioned in my teens, and adulthood." Pause for a brief second while tapping my fingers on the couch and continue, "I have managed to tread upon it in my 50's." I say while wiping my moist eyes as they give in to the pride I exhibit.

There are eyes watching over me, and they are of the adult age-group. Thus, are curious by what I mean since they don't see such a path around in their neighborhood, so "how, where you go for a walk or what is the name of that road that has such a scenery" are the questions that are popped up!

With the inquisitive minds comes an equally subdued response from me, "I walk this road every morning, and every evening prior to going to bed."


Then pours my wisdom, but I have to be concise and precise just to create curiosity in them.

"I walk this path every day in my mind!"

Now the onlookers are somewhat puzzled and wonder what era was I born that makes me walk such a beautiful path in "my" mind.

My 2 cents

As I walk on any path in my life, I create this way cause of my mindset.

With my mind, my positivity helps create this beautiful, luscious way that is serene and delicious and radiates only happiness cause of the beauty that it is portraying. Now I still have my share of struggles, I still face failures on a day to day basis, I have health issues, I have pain, I have sorrow, but this path that I have created is unique and its just mine since I have created it, and is my space, my motivation to keep going no matter what!

We all want a life that we dream of. But it is not possible to meet these two dots cause of the many ifs and buts that arise out of nowhere. But, we can always create or live in a place that is as beautiful as that picture and be able to count our blessings. More so, since its the mindset that makes us walk a mile.
Even a bigger will be living a content life, and will reach out to people when in need even though there is a hole in his pocket. And if asked how and why. He will be content.

This picture has helped me mature, seasoned as a person whom I want to be, and if I have not been able to achieve what I aspired. I have learned to mellow down my ambitions and carve another path and make a life out of it.

Mindset is powerful. The attitude that goes in creating such a path needs a lot of courage, yet a tone to let go when things go your way. However, hard work and the uphill momentum will eventually help us unfold another path that will be as beautiful as the one you had actually dreamt of.

In short, keep dreaming and striving for the best, America cause this kind of path belongs to all of us, and if we continue with this mental makeup. We all will eventually make our surroundings beautiful.


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      3 years ago

      I love this ! I go through life almost constantly evaluating my own presence, Nature , for me , is a big, big factor in that . This poster above is actually "Me " , approaching 62 this month I am always in natures hold , born there , raised there , and I go there for solace . Thank you for sharing the similarities .......ed

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      This is still so moving when I read it again! Thank you for brightening my day

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      It is all in the mind as the saying goes. Time changes that as well. I can connect with these very feelings and emotions. Well written Ruchira.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      A good portrayal of what is so typical until you come to the latter part of your Hub. At that point, some have given up and are grousing about the mean tricks life has played on them, and others are busy worrying about death and dying. Those who have caught the vision of service and selflessness have, in the process, found the beautiful path you describe as illustrated by your choice of the illustration.

      Well done.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      Enjoyed reading about your journey and as we age we realize there is so much more to life. Inspirational and positive, a great write.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      There is a lot of truth and beauty here Ruchira!

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Loved this story of your growing up and the way our minds work as we get older. the things we think about, keeping good thoughts instead of bad, nell

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      4 years ago from USA

      These are lovely reflections on all the seasons of life. Your positive spirit shines through. Keep flourishing!

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      Martie Coetser 

      4 years ago from South Africa

      I love this encouraging hub, Ruchira, and I can relate to all you've said. We have to keep mind over matter, and therefor we must keep our mind beautiful with positive ideas, dreams and hopes.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I loved this tale of growing up and walking that beautiful path in your mind a inspiration to be the best you can be. beautiful work.

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      4 years ago from United States

      Thank you Bill and Frank.

      You both appreciating my me the high :)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      I enjoyed this challenge read a few of them and this one clearly stands out great job Ruchira :)

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A beautiful reflection based on Linda's picture. Well done, Ruchira. I love your reflections.

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      4 years ago from United States

      I am glad you enjoyed it, Carb.

      Your pix made me also ponder over life as I was writing :)

      Happy that I could be a part of this!

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      Linda Lum 

      4 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Ruchira - what a wonderful commentary on the passages of life; the path does not change but with age comes wisdom and an appreciation of what is really important.


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