In Between Moments by Indu Balakrishnan

Although the length of a moment in modern seconds is not fixed on average, a moment corresponds to 90 seconds. But when you are having a moment, the effect of that could last a lifetime. That’s because it is a moment of great importance or consequence. It could be the moment you fell in love. The moment you had an epiphany. Or a moment of fear. The sudden and striking realization that you have and it could change your life forever. 

These moments, you tend to remember for eternity. Because they change you, mould you and give you a new sense of perspective. These moments however, feel a lot shorter than they actually are. That’s where the beauty lies – in the fact that it is fleeting. By it’s very nature, it slips through your fingers, making it all the more precious. You might want to hold on to it forever because it is perfect. But it is perfect because it’s gone before you even know it. You could even apply the theory of relativity here. When you sit with a nice girl for two hours you think it’s only a moment, but when you sit on a hot stove for a moment you think it’s two hours. That’s relativity. 

So what do you do with these moments? How do you make the most of them? For instance, if you love someone you say it, you say it right then, out loud. Otherwise, the moment just passes you by. And what you are left with are the inbetween moments. 

What are these inbetween moments? The dull period? The mundane hours that you go through in the name of routine and responsibility? Does it mean that these mundane have no value? Are they similar to routine chores that you do during the day because someone has to do them? 

No. These inbetween moments add value to the real moments. Think of it this way. You are in a long queue, waiting to get on the giant wheel. The line is long. The weather is hot. But even from the distance, you can hear the happy, excited and terrified squealing of those on the ride. And it just makes the wait all the more exciting. You are not thinking of the long queue as a pain, but rather something that you are happy to endure because there is something amazing at the end of that line. 

These inbetween moments take you to that happy place. It could be the arms of your child. The table at a fancy restaurant. The toll booth on the highway. It could be anything you are waiting for. Or it could be something that takes time and you would not know when it could happen. Like that elusive soulmate that Bryan Adams and Shania Twain have sung about. The true love that Sidney Sheldon writes about. 

These inbetween moments make the actual moments all the more amazing. Because they are so worth the wait. Hence, do not dismiss them. They not only make the destination all the more amazing, they could also define who you are. 

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