100 REASONS OF WALKING
REASON 2: I walk because it helps me grab my own reality
“Be awake enough to see where you are at any given time and how that is beautiful and has poetry inside.” Jeff Buckley
When I heard Jeff Buckley singing a cover of the song Hallelujah first time. I must have been 22 or something years old. I was walking in night with my friend Kunal at late night from deonar to bandstand, Bandra in Mumbai.
It must have been 3 AM in the morning, Being a boy, I had the privilege to walk in the night.
and I heard the song first time, I was so compelled to see how real this singer was. It was raining and we were standing under a tin shade in dharavi and the sound of rain on the tin shade was overpowering the sound of the music coming from my friend’s mobile phone and yet I loved that song.
I loved the song but I was more touched by the voice of the singer and I realized I don't need to be someone else to be cool.
I realized instead of trying to be someone else, instead of trying to follow someone else’s footsteps, instead of getting inspired by certain pages of certain books written by certain people, I need to find my own rhythm, my own voice, and my own path.
And when I am walking, I have my own rhythm. It's better to grab your own reality instead of hiding behind some ideology which is dominant or cool or different.
When people ask me why do I walk, it’s similar to asking someone why they live or why they even breathe. And now that I am walking, this journey tells me everything, every mile i walk, I discover something else which has been uncovered there for ages.