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Reflections: Life is like a bus

July 14, 2012

Life, you could say is like a bus, a never-stopping bus, on its way to destiny. It's just continuously moving on a road, meeting thousands of people on the way. Some of the people are funny, adventurous, loving, caring, boring, exciting, clumsy and lazy; some people we like and some we don’t.

Now this road on which our bus is moving has no U-turns and there are no maps either. But there are many roundabouts. Sometimes we even get stuck when there are many turns and we don’t know which one to take and where they lead. But that's just how it is, this journey tests us. It wants to know how good we are at picking the right choice.

But we are the driver, or maybe the bus conductor. We can lead ourself to something pleasant, like an ice cream shop, or something disastrous, like a giant exploding volcano. We are free to choose. We can keep bad people from entering our bus or allow as many villains with sinister plans as we like, and maybe someday, become one of them.

Now, during my 14 years of life, what I have learnt by steering this bus of life, is to look at my life through the windscreen, not the rear view mirror. Thinking of what we've done already and crying about it isn't going to make it any better. After making a mistake, crying and sulking over it is just a waste of time. Instead of thinking "Gosh! What have I done!", it's better to think of a way to make that situation better.

I'm not saying that we should just forget what has happened and move on. We should keep it in us but in a remote corner of your brain so that the next time we encounter a similar situation, we know what to do and what not to do.

I say we should crush that rear view mirror into a thousand pieces and throw it down a steep cliff and have a happy journey to our destiny.