Yesterday night, lying alone with sleep far away, suddenly I recalled an incident that happened couple of months back. That incident took away my beloved bike from me forever. It was an accident that I can never forget; it also gave me a lesson for life. It told me that sometimes we encounter things on our path, but because our time has not yet come, they brush past us without touching us even though they are close enough for us to see. Everything that has to happen happens, but then nothing happens!!!
It happened on my return trip from Spiti which I took with my friend Subrat on bikes. Just when we reached Panchkula, a place near Chandigarh, we saw a Bolero coming from the opposite direction towards us and in the wrong lane. I was in the front and we were not even too fast. Hardly 70-80kmph was being maintained by us on the highway. The only thought in my mind was – The Bolero would change lane, it cannot stay in my lane. But reaching quite near when it didn’t me now changed the lane so as to pass him. All looked fine till the Bolero suddenly now decided to change the lane. It was foolish as by now I was so near that I can’t even change direction or apply brakes.
After that what happened was like a movie scene. My bike hit the Bolero hard and I was in turn thrown out off the bike to land on the bonnet of the Bolero.
But the next moment I rolled over to fall just in front of it. I saw eminent death in front of my eyes as I waited for the Bolero to run over me but by the grace of Lord, the Bolero stopped at the very place where the driver applied brakes. I got up and miraculously found that I was perfectly fine, no injury. Yes after the incident I was made to promise by Minniedi never to take up bike again and so my saga with bike ended that very day.
Today I realize how we always think of death in a negative manner. We end up spending our lives worrying about absurdities and in turn fail to notice many important moments. We fear doing things. We don’t realize that we cannot fear something that is going to happen anyway.
If little bit of thought is given to this, then lot can be achieved. You would never forget to make that much-postponed phone call; you would now take action and not just remain with complaining. They say “Today is as good a day to leave this earth as tomorrow”. Death is always sitting by your side so that when you need to do something important, something worth, something precious, it will give you the strength and the courage you need.
I personally feel it’s foolish to be frightened of death because all of us sooner or later, are going to perish anyway. And maybe only those who accept this fact are really prepared for this wonderful thing called Life.