This, we call life.

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Things, things are made of these days
Volumes, of volumes around us
Material is immaterial
Secrets within secrets they lie.

Acts behind acts is living these days
Takes after takes we call life
Artificial is real
Signs within signs they find.

Know, known is unknown these days
Delay in delaying the wait
Unshown is shown
Time within time they slide.

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Deciphering Dreams

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I often wonder where the mind wanders while I am asleep; to places unfamiliar, with people unheard of, for reasons unknown. As though it’s living another life of its own. Does this mean that we all have a twin personality, one that we can’t forget and one that we never remember? It’s said that around two hours of our night’s sleep is spent dreaming; dreaming of bizarre, extraordinary and sometimes realistic events. Some believe that dreams are meaningless and have no significance to real life, while others have proved that dreams are symbolic expressions of desires residing in the unconscious mind. So, how does one know what to believe? And if dreams are carrier of messages, then my dreams are definitely not appearing to be a good sign.

In 4 of every 5 dreams I have I am either in close contact with death or dead, subsequently with me waking up in panic. I don’t completely believe that dreams mean anything, but since it has been such a recurring dream I thought I’d look it up on google. There I came across a dream dictionary, which suggested a significance behind almost each type of or every element seen in a dream. I didn’t know how much to trust their interpretation, but still gave it a read.

“To dream that you die in your dream symbolizes inner changes, transformation, self-discovery and positive development that is happening within you or your life. You are undergoing a transitional phase and are becoming more enlightened or spiritual. Although such a dream may bring about feelings of fear and anxiety, it is no cause for alarm as it is often considered a positive symbol. Dreams of experiencing your own death usually means that big changes are ahead for you. You are moving on to new beginnings and leaving the past behind. Metaphorically, dying can be seen as an end or a termination to your old ways and habits. So, dying does not always mean a physical death, but an ending of something. If you dream that someone is telling you that you are going die, then it implies that you are being pressured to make an important change or choice. You are about to embark on some new life adventure. 

On a negative note, to dream that you die may represent involvement in deeply painful relationships or unhealthy, destructive behaviors. You may feeling depressed or feel strangled by a situation or person in your waking life. Perhaps your mind is preoccupied with someone who is terminally ill or dying. Alternatively, you may be trying to get out of some obligation, responsibility or other situation. You are desperately trying to escape from the demands of your daily life.”

So, they gave both a positive and negative picture to the whole issue; leaving me confused even further. I tried to even see which aspect seems more appropriate to my current situation. But again, they both could be either definite or deceptive. I was in the midst of a new relationship, moving to a new place, adopting a new lifestyle; so for me the dream could mean either a positive or negative connotation.

I decided to go with my positive instinct, and believed that it signified a new beginning, a new journey, a new adventure. Firstly, because off-late every time I wake up from such a dream I call my boyfriend up and share it with him after which the dream doesn’t seem scary or eerie anymore, which could be interpreted as a beginning of a supportive and understanding relationship. Secondly, a bad dream might just be a positive premonition since it is not reality and one where I have the option of waking up from. So, however haunting or awkward my dream might be when I am asleep; the truth is life is only what I dream with my eyes open.

Why Travel?

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Journey to a new place, for me, is like the best kind of love affair; where you learn a new language to express your love, where you seize who you are, who you’re in love with, where sometimes lose track of where you’re going but still carry on for the thrill and adventure, and where with every journey begins a love story, some classic, some great and some which last forever. For all you know, it doesn’t even matter if the story has been written before, because no two love stories can ever be the same.

Journey to a foreign land, for me, is like a quest for the unknown, where we travel in search of both self and anonymity. We battle between who we are and who we should be, where we are and where we should be. We travel to lose ourselves, and sometimes to find ourselves. As Pico Iyer sagely puts it, ” What we find outside ourselves has to be inside ourselves for us to find it.”

So, when I ask myself, why do I want to see the world? Why is it essential to go to a place, and then why write about it later? My head says, “Because I want to examine different cultures, experience different lifestyles, explore different opportunities, embrace different moments.” While my heart says, “Because I just want to try and find a piece of myself everywhere I go to put together one day.” I would say, a tourist is merely a person who complains, “It’s not the same as in my country.” Whereas a traveler claims, “It’s not the same anywhere I go.” Traveling is not a just a hobby or holiday, it’s a way of life. For this life I would travel everywhere, anywhere, sometimes again, and sometimes even if it means falling in love over a 100 times.