Swinging thoughts, sliding happiness!

Written By

Vedika Srivastava

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It has been rightly said, “Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching!”

In this journey of life so far, I have been an avid learner and have penned down my chapters of wisdom and intellect I have gained from people, places and things. Every person who has touched my life has blessed me with a new learning, a new thought which has helped me shape myself the way I am today. Every place I have visited has bestowed me with a new and a different outlook towards life. In short, I have been greedily learning and I have learnt that I still have a lot to learn.

Yesterday, when I was sitting, watching my daughter play in the play-area, I looked around at all the swings and slides and thought if they too had a lesson to teach. I strained my brain a little more and found these answers:

The see-saw – A player goes up while the other one comes down and the pattern repeats itself. Similarly, life is full of ups and downs and is worth living and enjoying with these ups and downs. There would be no fun if it was always balanced standing at a stagnant position. Each time it pushes us low, we should remember that sooner or later, it will pull us up from those lows. Hence, we should not get disheartened but have faith and strive towards living each moment with all the strength and hope that that moment demands from us.

The merry go around – The world is small and round so partings are just a part of life. A quote rightly says, “Whenever there is a meeting, a parting shall follow. The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again. Distance sometimes lets you know who’s worth keeping and who’s worth letting go.” So true.

Swing – My daughter’s favorite one. Her chuckles can be heard from a distance when she goes high up in the air and then again pushes it with all her might to reach the same height again. Indeed, there is a possibility that the speed with which we rise in life, we might experience our downfall with the same pace but only if we remain attached to our roots, similar to the swing which is tied to the pole, we are bound to achieve those milestones again when we make the same honest efforts. So, keep going since when the going gets tough, the tough gets going.

Slide – I see my daughter climb up those stairs slowly and steadily to reach up the slide. Then a naughty boy comes in a hurry, pushes her and tries making his way up before her, but in his hurry and crooked walk, he tumbles and gets hurt. What do I relate this to? Well, when we climb the ladder of success, we should not be in a haste and should not try to reach our goal by hurting or cheating others. We should make wise decisions and be true to our self when we are in challenging situations.

And then, I see my daughter enjoying in the sand that covers the entire play area. She makes houses and tunnels. She moulds and crafts different shapes using her sand kit toys. She loves seeing the sand make its way out of her hands as she tries grabbing it and holding it as long as she can, thus giving me lessons that time waits for none. We should make the most of every moment that we have been blessed with as we would never get that moment back and in no time, today will become yesterday. Again, quoting, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that’s why they call it the present”.

While I am delighted to hear this play-area speak such beautiful thoughts in my ears, I am given a warm hug by my daughter who breaks the silence and solace I am surrounded with. “Mom, let us go home. It is getting dark.” I wish to share with her my learnings but then I am amused expecting a befitting reply from her, “Please spare my play area, let it be an area to play and not to teach or learn.”




Vedika is an IT professional. A working mother, who feels that writing is a great stress buster and hence pens down her thoughts whenever she finds time to do so. Life is the best teacher and teaches great lessons, so her words are generally the reflection of her own experiences. Music and gardening are the other two pleasures she rates on par with writing and indulges in them as much as possible. Being a woman has always given her pride and satisfaction, and even more so now that she is part of the 'SiyaWoman' family.

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