The train of life..!

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

EV­ERY evening for the past few nights I have been watch ing a tele­vi­sion se­rial about how they built the first rail­way lines all across Amer­ica. What fas­ci­nates me is the sight of the steam en­gine which is al­ways in the back­ground of the se­rial. The iron mon­ster huff­ing and puff­ing away is a part and par­cel of the movies.

I my­self re­mem­bered those jour­neys where at a curve one looked out of win­dow and saw the en­gine far, far ahead, pulling the train with a re­solve and de­ter­mi­na­tion that was so very ap­par­ent.

One could ac­tu­ally see the wheels push­ing for­ward like a gi­ant horse haul­ing its re­spon­si­bil­ity along. It was as I saw the pic­tures of the black beauty and as my thoughts went back to another era that I re­mem­bered lines I had heard many years ago:

Some folks ride the train of life, Look­ing out the rear, Watch­ing miles of life roll by, And mark­ing ev­ery year. They sit in sad re­mem­brance, Of wasted days gone by, And curse their life for what it was, And hang their head and cry.

But I don’t con­cern my­self with that, I took a dif­fer­ent vent, I look for­ward to what life holds, And not what has been spent. So strap me to the en­gine, As se­curely as I can be, I want to be out on the front, To see what I can see.

I want to feel the winds of change, Blow­ing in my face, I want to see what life un­folds, As I move from place to place. I want to see what’s com­ing up, Not look­ing at the past, Life’s too short for yes­ter­days, It moves along too fast.

So if the ride gets bumpy, While you are look­ing back, Go up front, and you may find, Your life has jumped the track. It’s al­right to re­mem­ber, That’s part of history, But up front’s where it’s hap­pen­ing, There’s so much mystery.

The en­joy­ment of liv­ing, Is not where we have been, It’s look­ing ever for­ward, To another year and ten. It’s search­ing all the by­ways, Never should you re­frain, For if you want to live your life, You gotta drive the train.

Yes my friends if you want to live your life fully, achieve your goals and reach the heights you have set for your­self then you need to drive your train, sit in the driv­ing seat and chug, chug, chug your way along..! — Email: bob­s­ban­ter@gmail.com

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