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These days Karachi and I are on a disconnect. I am upset at her for the May 12 happenings. And the complete civic collapse following the rain. The electricty situation which progressed from dealable two hour loadshedding to mad 12 hour power breakdowns. I’m superbly royally pissed at the city because she is making it difficult for me to defend her to the people sitting cushily abroad tut tutting about the “state of affairs”. It makes me mad to not be able to defend her because at this point, the spirit which I go on and on about her having is skimming a persistent low.
I am waiting for her to make it up to me somehow. I don’t know what will work though. Maybe a day of particularly great weather. Maybe some random civic sense act by some random person on the street. Maybe a week or two of no electricity issues. Maybe some GOOD rain. I plan to stay upset for a while thought because only when you truly love something deeply, can it disappoint you to this extent.
In Karachi we are trudging along dealing with the heat and bijlee issues, and suddenly it hits us. The past.
Sitting at home today, watching news coverage on tv and praying for the CJ to come to his sense and just go back was eerily reminiscent of many days of O and A level times spent waiting for the tension time to be over so you could resume life. Normal life, as whatever we as students, defined it then. Giving exams in peace, sports day not being cancelled, last day of school being celebrated. Karachi has been good since then. Not brilliantly good but somewhat good. There has been some semblance of balance. Or have we just become immune to it all? I can’t even today, give into the cynicism and agree to it. I felt it myself, the sudden sporadic moments of coming together that this city has experienced in the last decade. One hoped with all their heart that it was not all random- that somewhere in there was a seed of civic sense that floated in from somewhere and took ground. And then a day like today comes along- and you wonder- if you imagined it all and really all that time passing meant no lessons learnt, no rules understood and nothing changed. I sincerely hope not.
Ernest Hemingway said, “Sometimes you know the story/And sometimes you make it up as you go along and have no idea how it will come out.” And you know what, I am sure that those of us who make it up as we go along atleast have a better time even if it doesn’t quite end the way we once imagined.
I got this forward a few years back and in my superior intellectual height at that time I thought that it was a bit trite, I saved it anyways. I found it today and somehow today, the simplicity of it was what I thought was very apt.
People come into your life
for a reason,
or a lifetime.
When you figure out which it is,
you know exactly what to do.
Some people come into your life for a reason.
It is usually to meet a need
you have expressed outwardly or inwardly.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty,
to provide you with guidance and support,
to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then, without any wrongdoing on your part
or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something
to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die.
Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up or out
and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that
our need has been met,
their work is done.
The prayer you sent up
has been answered and
it is now time to move on.
Some people come into your life for a season. It is because your turn has come
to share, grow, or learn.
They may bring you
an experience of peace
or make you laugh.
They may teach you something
you have never done.
They usually give you
an unbelievable amount of joy.
It is real!
But, only for a season.
Some people come into your life for a lifetime.
Relationships teach you lifetime lessons;
those things you must build upon in order
to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson,
love the person/people (any way);
and put what you have learned to use
in all other relationships
and areas of your life.