Knight and Day is a special film for me. Barring Cameron’s occasionally annoying hysterics, I love every scene of the film. The cinematography, Tom’s existence (stay still, my heart) and the enticing element of a futuristic battery that can cure all our power woes. I have my reasons for the latter part. I come from a country where power outages are pretty normative and some folks down here endure 12-hour cuts in the blistering equatorial heat.
But one thing that captured my fancy the most (after Tom’s smile- excuse the fangirl in me) was the concept of a Someday. A day we keep delaying, forced to conform to the societal bondage. A Someday is anything we’ve wanted to do for a long time, but we couldn’t – coming up with excuses and justifications. We get tied up and we convince ourselves that a day will come when we will truly live for ourselves. But it never happens.
I remember my high school professor telling me about this dream of his- he wanted to go see the Anne Frank house the following summer. But the summer never came. Familial obligations, routine assignments, financial crunches never allowed him to go. And then he died. The Someday never came to being.
And that forced me to deliberate about my Somedays and whether I’ll ever be able to achieve them. So here is my list –
1. Finish a book. Unafraid of the response. Unafraid of what my relatives will think of it. Unafraid in the general sense. A book that I’ll write solely for myself, proceeding to go nuts with ‘Artistic Freedom’
2. Ride in an elevator and get over my crippling claustrophobia. I haven’t been in an elevator for over 2 years now after a harrowing experience which involved me being stuck with my little brother.
3. Learn to swim. I could never learn, attributing it to my mild Hydrophobia. Not that I can help it, I get freaked out by a shower.
4. Go starwatching with an intimate companion. In the woods, or just any place where the skies remain unaffected by the pollution. I plan to brush up on some astronomy in the coming days.
5. Go backpacking across Europe with friends. I’m still working on the monetary constraints though.
6. Learn to play a piano. Because, Hugh Laurie. ’nuff said.
Now that I’ve a concrete list, I can get a move on.
I think Avicii’s Wake Me Up sums up my plans pretty accurately.
“I can’t tell where the journey will end,
But I know where to start.”