I don't know what it is with milestones and landmarks. On a continuous journey, we mark the milestones on the way, and celebrate every tenth, or fiftieth, or hundredth, as significant. It just struck me that I have posted 99 blog entries so far, and the next blog post that I write would be the 100th. So what is significant about this? In one sense, nothing – the journey is continuous, and hopefully I should continue to write. However, reaching such milestones are a good opportunity look back at the past, bask in some self gratifying reflections, and take a brief respite to draw satisfaction from the fact that one has managed to reach thus far.
It also offers me an opportunity to thank my many readers who have been encouraging me all along with the comments and reactions to my posts, which basically proved that they were at least reading the stuff. In case you are wondering who are the people who thus prodded me along, since you never did (considering that you press the delete button as soon as you see my post), you will never know whether I am stating the truth or not. It is always de rigueur on reaching a milestone to say that the journey has been satisfying, the response encouraging, and the future very promising!
The best milestones are those that are crossed,
In course of an absorbing journey,
Where the road offers its own reward,
And there is no need to count the miles!
If only all work were so simple,
That one does, without really doing,
Where the goals are some things that happen,
Not because one set out to reach them!
One prays that the next fork that comes,
Offers something that is alluring,
Let my instincts guide me in the turns,
For I know not where I am going!
There are of course, some of you who may write back and say that it is time for me to retire. To all such people, I have only one reply – I shall continue to write till I am offered a Rajya Sabha membership. Till then, you can press the delete button!