Sunday, November 19, 2006

When its no longer a walking stick !

As I was reading the news paper today, this picture and the caption "RISING TO THE OCCASION: India's Premlal Sharma won the pole vault gold in the 75+ category. — Photo: G.P. Sampath Kumar" caught my attention.

This was something humbling, intriguing and made me think. As one grows older, it is very plausible that one starts worrying and getting a bit paranoid about the small pains and such, imagining things that in hindsight borders between ignorance to stupidity. But for a few, it does not seem to matter at all. They just go about their lives doing what they love to do or like to do. For them, it seems it is not just important to “live” but to be also “alive”. They just seem to use the tools that are available to all, albeit a bit differently.

However, these very same tools have different perspectives in the eyes of holder – For most its a crutch, a walking stick that supports or a stick that deters; but only for a select few, it is a catalyst, a pole that vaults them to greater heights.

(Incidentally, Mr. Premlal Sharma cleared 2meters in pole-vault to win the Gold; and the URL is at:
http://www.hindu.com/2006/11/19/stories/2006111909081600.htm)

9 comments:

ramesh said...

nice story for greying people like me...yes..it's very important to keep doing what you enjoy must as long as physically possible...

DR said...

An interesting one :)

Anonymous said...

children always want to be older than they are, while we just want to turn back time.

--interested outsider

The Soliloquist said...

@interested outsider:
Caught in time !, arent we? Wish Time travel was possible..

EnGeetham aka "My Song!" said...

4IntOut: True...True; Nostalgia is such a wicked thing.. Look at
http://hey-rambam-ling.blogspot.com/2006/01/nostalgia-is-not-what-it-used-to-be.html

4Sol: Welcome back... Time Travel? I'd like to go forward. I might be disappointed going back. But forward, yes...
http://hey-rambam-ling.blogspot.com/2006/06/i-have-dream.html

Anonymous said...

agree... same thing can be looked at from different perspective.. dil sey dekho or else from what meets the eye.. :-) not sure if you have heard this one, but perhaps its a decent recall given the context. it goes " yeh gunna (sugercane stick) KHA (eat) bhi saktey ho, aur (else) KHA (ahh in the backside) bhi saktey ho... choice is yours" i heard it in a movie and obviously i laughed out loud. BTW this sounds much better then written.. - Varun :-)

En Chiang said...

There's a line in a song by Tom Petty:
I don't know, but I've been told,
You never slow down, you never grow old.

EnGeetham aka "My Song!" said...

4Varun: Yep, thats we joke in the meetings. The stick could be crutch or ...

4EnC: I wish, i wish... I hope I can slow down AND grow old; not just grow old :) Btw, which song was that ?

En Chiang said...

Mary Jane's Last Dance - Tom Petty.