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Flights of Dreams | Payal Gandhi Hoon

‘Inspiration’ is the much needed breath of fresh air and literally translates as immediate influence of the divine or being blown into…It’s when writers say the words just flowed through my fingers or a singer expresses herself being a medium of the song.

Can you think of the last time you were inspired and what was it like? Could be when you saw someone walk up the dais and speak with great grit and humour and you were moved to the extent where you too wanted to feel what would it be like to be there and do just that…and just then you felt a sudden good rush!

Who or what comes to your mind when you think of excellence in any space that leaves you in wonder and awe or maybe even makes you want to achieve the same? Surely that must be the state of being inspired!

Inspiration is to do with things you love and when you enjoy what you are doing. As the famous author Paulo Coelho wrote,“A moment when we can surrender ourselves to the creative process…the flow is inspiration.”

It’s more than a week since I watched a movie and like most movies I thought it would have some euphoric factor and then a short shelf life in my memory before fading away. But that was not the case with this one for it touched the chords or my heart and inspired me all over again to be a better human being.

The first time I heard the name of the movie from my sister, I couldn’t help but chuckle and scorn because it truly did sound like a silly flick. She didn’t give up on me and managed to convince that it had substance.

There I was watching this simple tale of a boy who due to dire circumstances became yet another ‘Raju’ serving tea at a stall in Mumbai. But the human heart and the power of dreams are expansive beyond the restricted reason-based world. The child in him was inspired to take a flight in the air with roller skates just like the other children.

The movie inspired a beautiful message of unconditional friendship and finding happiness and purpose in making someone else’s dreams come true. It was ironic to the core where children who (as we would think) had nothing, believed in their friend – the protagonist’s dream and selflessly did whatever they could with undying optimism and a happy heart. And for his coach to learn and accept what it is like to help someone reach their dream and happiness without any vested interest. That is true happiness.

The movie with its simple life like realistic flow played beautifully with human dreams, emotions and agonies. It triumphed in the end with an undying human spirit creating and achieving happiness no matter where you are and with what you have.

‘Hawa Hawai’ just wanted me to be a better human being and enjoy simple happiness. For God does lie in small things. It is that book, that piece of music, that conversation with your friend, that flower you woke up to in your garden, the look of love in someone’s eyes that inspires your life.

On that note, who did you inspire today?

“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you’ll see the way to fly.” – Richard Bach

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