“In a world where anything is possible, you are standing in a room along with 7 other people. A huge table is kept in the centre and everyone including you is standing around it. 8 files are kept on the table with 8 names written in bold. These files contain what has happened and will happen in your entire life. How will you be financially and emotionally, your losses and gains, your moments of happiness and sadness, your problems and complications you faced in life. Every miniscule detail of it. All composed in a single file. The people standing around you are just tired with the lives they have. You wish to be like others. You wish to live the way others live. All of you wish to exchange your lives. You are given sometime and slowly read others’ files. And then you are finally done with it. You know that once you chose someone else’s life you cannot change your decision. No turning back. You know that if you chose life of person 1 you will have to go through such difficulties. Seems easy right? His life seemed better than your’s did, anyway. But at the end of the day, will you really pickup that file? Will you really choose someone’s life over yours? And come to accept it? Will you be satisfied?”
The answer to all such questions is a big no.
There are all kinds of people in this world. Some are extremely happy with life. They are satisfied with whatever has been given to them. They have no qualms, and accept everything that life throws at them. But there are also some people who are perpetually saddened with what life offers them. They are seldom satisfied and look at other people’s lives from the outside and wish to be like them. They are unable to find out about the good things in life. They don’t realize that life needs a amalgamation of ups and downs for you to survive. They don’t know that sometimes they are better off than most people in the entire world.
But being the good person I am, let me give those people the benefit of the doubt. Let me allow them to pick up that file and take the other person’s life. First there will be the initial joy for them. They will be so euphoric about leaving their earlier life behind. Yeah, maybe on the first day they will enjoy. On the second one, they will still enjoy. A week passes, they still relish everything. A fortnight passes, and they still are happy. They are glad about the decision they made. But finally, a day will come when those people will resume the way they always were. They will surely find a glitch, an issue, an altercation; with the exchanged life they were given. They would soon realise that on the outside, some lives look good. But they are only perceptions. And the cycle would go on. They will again starting loathing their lives. And then they will again go to that room along with the chosen 8 people. Because the problems don’t lie with the lives they were given, but with the minds that these people have.
What I am trying to say is, is that if you are the kind of person I am talking about, you don’t need to pick up another file. What you need to do is change yourself. Or more specifically your mind, and your thinking. Find out little good things in life that make you happy. Find out things that you like about yourself. Write them down. And read them again and again till you are filled with nostalgia. Dance in the bathroom while bathing. With that song that makes you feel awesome. But try not to fall (like I did.) Talk to some random stranger without thinking about what might happen in the future. Get close, pour your heart out. Sometimes little things like these slowly make us see that our files are the best. And just try to be satisfied.