I was having my morning tea on the balcony facing the tallest building in the world, The Burj Khalifa. I had nothing to do so I enjoyed the lovely weather, watching the clouds cover the peak of the tower as it passes by. I remembered how amazed I was the first time I saw it. I said,”How impressive!”. I used to gaze at it as I drive down the road. I was mesmerized by the beauty of the mighty big tower, standing tall, reaching up to the sky. But that awe and amazement didn’t last very long. Now that it’s right in front of me, it turned nothing but ordinary.
It is human nature to admire things that are unique and new to our eyes. But without meaning, that admiration fades in time. Passing by an ordinary coffee shop where you used to sit with your friends would bring back more memories. And that’s what makes that place special. Even if you see that place over and over again, you will remember that moment you shared with people who made you laugh until your tummy hurt not the wallpaper or fancy chairs. Seeing that place will always touch something in your heart. Thus, the only things that matter are not things, but feelings and experiences shared with others.
Many things will vanish from my memory when I get old. The skyline, the lovely view from the bedroom window and all the fancy places and things. But I surely will never forget the meaningful conversations with loving friends who laughed and cried with me over a cup of tea and the meaningful bonds I had with people I love will always remain crystal clear.
In this lifetime, something becomes extraordinary only when there’s more to it than just a picture of greatness.