Every one of us experience a slump in their lives. The lucky ones among us has to go through it only once. Some never. Most of us has to go through this many times in our lives. I was going through a rough patch myself when I met Pappettan. Pappettan has always been a sympathetic ear. So I opened up with him.
Me: *agitated* Nothing is going right. Whatever I try, I just can't steer myself out of this depressing state.
Me: *getting more vocal* Remember what we were doing the same time last year. It was nice. The weather was good. We were going out to take photographs.
Pappettan: *gives complete attention and waits for me to complete*
Me: *goes on without caring about the surroundings* I was writing every day. I was taking pictures every day. I had great friends around me.
Pappettan: *silently listening*
Me: *senses something amiss, stops, looks at Pappettan for a few seconds and then in a slightly irritated* What?
Pappettan: *like a sage* There is something wrong when...
Me: *eagerly* When...???
Pappettan: *in clear soft voice* There is something wrong when someone constantly refers to the past. You should look forward to the future while enjoying the present.