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At 40, Life Has Come To A Crossroads, And I Ask Myself, What If?

40 is the age we pause in our rush to do things, look back, and take stock. What if I had done this? What if that had not happened? 

When I halt to look back on my life spent,

After a deep breath of frustration and disappointment,

I close my eyes, sigh and nervously ask myself;

If I had done this, if I had chosen this,

My life could be better now.

But……

This is what how mostly we feel,

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Some sweet memories, Avoidable reflections,

Bitter experiences and Heartburns;

Some Tears, Smiles and Frustrations.

Life mixes all and gives a colourful collage.

At forty, is there a scope for reconsiderations,

Second chances, relationship realignments?

Is there a chance to restart life,

With my terms and conditions?

Is it fine to seek my own space after years of suffocation?

Mostly it is not.

If a fresh door opens for you, you are blessed.

Or you can philosophize it as your fate,

And wither away into the unknown world.

Image source: a still from the movie Secret Superstar

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Jyothi S

Dr. Jyothi, Assistant Professor of English, Tumkur University. Has been a teacher of English and also soft skills trainer, with special interest in writing poems, articles, short stories and translation both in Kannada and English. read more...

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