After Prince Charles, Diana wedding and its aftermath, followed by those of other members of the British Royal family, I had lost much interest to get really excited in their personal lives. Now Prince Williams, Kate wedding found huge audience across the world and wowed many. So the dreams live on despite much agony in terms of economic hardship that has spread across the world. I am not cynical to pour cold water over these exciting festivities. They look such a loving couple, destined to lead happy lives, and hopefully, also aware of the pitfalls that befell the union of Charles and Diana, leading to tragic consequences.
When the sums are balanced, it is felt that the extravaganza is well worth the British tax payers’ money. The monarchy is viewed as an anachronism but still many want the nostalgic traditions to continue and even have some fun at their cost! When everyone ends up smiling, soaking in the festivities, it could be just as well to prolong these treats and fairy tales!
For people me, there are mixed reactions. When so many are suffering around the world, why the pomp and waste of resources and time? At the same time, I also feel, let the younger generation have a feel and make their choices in life. After all, when we have extremes in personal lives, why shut out realities of life in general? When we have to go through much pain and agony one way or another, we enjoy bliss when we come around them to live another day! While in the pits is like having a terrible tooth ache; we start hating everyone and finally us. But when the ache is fixed, another beautiful day beckons!
I believe our life here is just a dream; the reality is after this interval on our eternal path! We are tested of our resolve and the journey should continue at another level and realm. How we react to circumstances and opportunities, and more importantly to people and other species around us, will come back to reward us; hopefully not haunt us! Even some animals and creatures could turn out to be just like us, but on another mission on this planet, as part of their journeys like us! Treat others better than we like to be treated and we ascend to heaven even while being alive, right here!
Some forgot themselves, despite their mundane lives; they tasted royalty and became part of the gaiety. For few, they just could not become part of it and stayed totally out of the whole process. But for those like me, we hope against hope that such happiness becomes all pervading to enable those who hardly feel uplifted in their lives to smell the roses and feel needed. Our life spans are short. The body and soul have to be in sync to enjoy this world. A purposeful life, and a physical body in tune with such a mission, should serve us well. Love and hope oil our path to keep the momentum at even keel. The royal wedding kindled some hope even on some cynics how life could have been with enveloping love, hope and feeling appreciated. Sadly, the latter basic is missing for most, but scratch the surface we indeed are, but may not be by those we want to be!
Yes, times are uncertain; but history is full of such periods. We shall overcome, if we want to! Never lose hope; add the ingredient of love which need not cost anything. All things add up, but some costs cannot be quantified. Add to those that can be with the intangibles like love, hope and being part of happy moments shared with millions; then overall, such moments are to be welcomed. I was happy that many, especially the young, could partake in their own ways in the happy moments. And the day was in stark contrast to those when wanton destruction and killing hit the daily headlines. Life is indeed made of extremes. Love should conquer and win in the end. Our forefathers left a history of overall victory of good over the evil; let the days of love also teach us the beauty of life and the spirit of sharing our happiness. We can keep harsh realities at the back of the mind, but never miss any chance to live the moments and have them leave a taste to be savored long after they are past. The world is still ever inviting, nature never fails us, the seasons return despite our being harsh in our methods. It is finally up to us to see the positives and make them triumph over setbacks. Then we leave a better world to the future, a simple legacy!