Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Longer Day To Live

“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute.”
~Albert Einstein

For me, there are two worlds. There is the one that I see and smell and hear and feel. There is the one that I see and smell and hear and feel so much stronger. Of the latter, I see every detail. Every minute person that exists and every murder or act of love that each performs. That world is inside my head. It takes different shapes. It has different names. The people, at times, are from the future and, sometimes from before the 20th century. I don't know them. They live inside my mind. They are mere manifestations of my imagination. I bring them to life with my writing. Time slows down and feels so much more real when I dream and write about what I dreamt. It feels infinitely more beautiful. Sands trickling down an hourglass could not then have held a more enchanting or even morbid quality at the same time.

In the real world, time or even the lack thereof makes no difference to me. If I had but two hours more each day, or even if there were twenty six hours instead of the usual mundane twenty four, I could dream. So much more. I could write and create new and possible worlds. So many more of them. The edge of that sword that struck the assassin would be slowed down and brought to life in sharper reality. It wouldn't have to be hurried into the red blood that would gush out of his tough torso as he decided the battle wasn't over yet. The plans of a revolutionary could become more elaborate because he was to overthrow a communist empire in a new world plagued with wars of every horrifying kind. If only I had more time everyday. Just two hours more.

Since I am a working professional and I could not turn my cherished and dear hobby into a career I passionately loved as I always desired just because I needed to earn, I wish life would someday turn around and say, “Enough. It's time you become a writer as you always knew you were meant to be.”

I would throw the words at my dear life, “But I lack time. When will I think? When will I dream? My desires and dreams are but stoppered by reality.”

Life would say calmly back to me, “Realities can change, can't they?”

If life were to give me but two hours more each day, then each blissful day would I spend in thinking of and weaving tales. In fact, I would begin with knitting together the one great story that would be my first. And that would only be the beginning. It is said that minds become great only when they are attuned to the realities of their worlds. My world, the one I love, is my own mind. I would rather spend two hours more with unreal, more beautiful eras of existence than with the dreadful reality which envelopes this fragile world.

Man cannot survive except through his mind.”
~Ayn Rand.

The mind needs to be honed. The mind needs time to learn. I do too. Two enriching hours. A beautiful novel of my own someday. What more could I ever dream of? My dreams to come true, of course. To give my mind and soul to everything I desire and love; I would really and truly be alive. I would be living the dream.

Day Dreaming by Linda Apple

PS. This post has been written for the Indiblogger Surf Excel Matic #GetSmart Contest. In all reality, I wrote it because I wanted to. To vote for me, if you wish to, visit this page here.


Miss D said...

This is one of those times I can tell you that you have not shared a piece of your ideas but have let us in or rather welcomed the readers into the colourful depths of your mind.

As I have said earlier, because of the above reason, this is brilliant and by far one of your best.

I would call this account a vivid expression rather than just a creation.

Anukriti Sharma said...

This is one of the most intellectually stimulating posts I have read! Poignant with a pinch of sublime quality! Hats off!

D2 said...

@Enchanta : My writing is always about sharing my mind. If I have done so successfully, I would be satisfied. Thanks, honey. :)

D2 said...

@Anukriti : Thank you so much. :)

amar naik said...

all the best for contest

D2 said...

@Amar Naik : Thank you. :)

Achyuth said...

I agree with Anukriti, this is really really well written, very mature, beautiful flow of words expressing a simple, yet rare idea of dreaming in the two extra hours. The beauty of this is that most people dream in their sleep, you want to dream in those two hours wide awake. Kudos, hats off, I wish you all the best :)

Could you post your indivine link for this post in my blog's comments, I'd love to vote. I tried searching, but had a hard time locating your post :)
All the best :)

PS, thank you so much for your comment in my blog, and yes, even I'm a huge fan of classic rock that Morrison and Waters and Floyd and many more played :D

D2 said...

@Achyuth : Thanks a lot. :)
The Indivine link is in my post as a postscript.
And yes, I like to dream with my eyes wide open. Not day-dream. but really feel my thoughts so they are as real as the daylight that touches me then.

Morrison, Waters, Robert Plant inspire me as many others do as well. Music is a unique inspirational experience, I always say.
Thank you for your comment. :)

Jyoti Arora said...

Nice pouring out of thoughts :)
I would like to give you best wishes, not just for the contest, but for your future writing too, and the book that is just waiting to be written by you. I hope its time would come soon.

D2 said...

@Jyoti : Thank you. I hope so too. :)

Indian Citizen Ranting said...

To dream is divine. Ironically, man, too, is a manifestation of his subconscious. A writer is thus in a positive loop actually :) Good post man. Loved it.

Anonymous said...

This post could have very well been my post...I could relate to every line you wrote.
Wonderful, wonderful read!

D2 said...

@The Gooseberry Garden : Thank you. I'll certainly get post something on your site soon enough. :)

D2 said...

@Ranting Indian : That's very well said, indeed. Man's intentions are what make him unique.
Thanks a lot. :)

@Antara : I know. :D
We're quite alike, you and I, as far as this wonderful sphere of literature is concerned. :)

Khoty Mathur said...

Whether you had those two extra hours or not you'd write a wonderful book.

D2 said...

@KayEm : That means a lot! :D
Thank you. I strive to make sure that the time I have is always enough. Who doesn't wish he had more? But at the end of the day, if I'm satisfied with my efforts, I can have a good sleep.

Bindu Juneja said...

So true, the finer things of life always take a back seat. Don't they? Once in a while, it is a good idea to cut off from the realities and pamper oneself to dream and do whatever one does not get to but wishes to :-)

D2 said...

@Bindu : The best things in life, for most people, are the ones they could never truly attain properly. But if the passion remains, something might come of it. I believe that and hope for that future. :)

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