Bohemia

To take the world as one finds it, the bad with the good, making the best of the present moment,
To laugh at Fortune alike whether she be generous or unkind,
To spend freely when one has money, and to hope gaily when one has none,
To fleet the time carelessly, living for love and art,
This is the temper and spirit of the modern Bohemian in her outward and visible aspect.
It is a light and graceful philosophy, but it is the Gospel of the Moment,
This exoteric phase of the Bohemian religion,
And if, in some noble natures, it rises to a bold simplicity and naturalness, it may also lend its butterfly precepts to some very pretty vices
and lovable faults,
For in Bohemia one may find almost every sin save
that of Hypocrisy.
Her faults are more commonly those of
self-indulgence, thoughtlessness, vanity and procrastination,
And these usually go hand-in-hand with generosity, love and charity.
For it is not enough to be one’s self in Bohemia, one must allow others to be themselves, as well.
What, then, is it that makes this mystical empire of Bohemia unique?
And what is the charm of its mental fairyland?
It is this: there are no roads in all Bohemia!
One must choose and find one’s own path,
Be one’s own self,
Live one’s own life.

Bohemia by Gelett Burgess



Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Surreal

I don’t remember when was the last time a guy (or anyone else, for that matter) asked me if I have enough money. So it’s kind of surreal when he asked me that the other night. “Do you have enough money? You want me to leave you some?” He was going back to his hometown for 4 days for Diwali.
He is neither rich nor come from a rich family. He earned a decent amount of money every month but then he also has to bear a lot of responsibilities – paying bills as well as supporting family back home. Every month is a struggle to make ends meet. Yet, on top of all this, he is concern about my well-being.
The thing is, this is not about the money. It is about him being kind and caring. About him actually is thoughtful enough to make sure that I am going be fine when he is away, though it is only for that few days.
Surely for his age, he is way mature in thoughts than any guy I have been with before.
Till today, when I look back – I still wonder which side of the bed I woke up on that morning our eyes met.

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