Each of us has, at some point of time in our lives, received life advice from our personal life-coaches – parents, siblings, teachers, mentors, kids, the vegetable vendor or the stranger sitting on the adjacent seat on the flight. Something that moved you, changed you or made a difference to your perspective forever. India Pages brings to you these slices of life, shared by people from all walks of life … Writers, Photographers, Artists, Television Producers, Hands-on mommies, Entrepreneurs and Engineers …. Meet Hira Mehta
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, I used everything you gave me
It was just an ordinary day at work and I got this fateful call that I had lost my mom. It was an unfortunate accident that took her away. It was this shock of an untimely death of mom’s unfulfilled dreams that changed my outlook to life. Married, I was living a normal life-office to home, home to office. Of course, I was a fun loving person who love entertainment and was enjoying life but not living my dreams. It was then that I realised that there was so much I wanted to do, because my mom could not do half of what she had actually spoken to us about. She wanted to see the Alps, she wanted to travel, seize crazy opportunities, all of which I am doing all of today. I am living the life my mom wanted to live.
I remember I had gone to visit her two days before she expired. I always used to do that. I lived in Andheri, worked at Churchgate so would take an earlier train, get off at Grant Road, pop in to have breakfast with mom and then take a bus to work. At my workplace, we had recently lost four colleagues in accidents and I remember my mom saying, ‘why don’t they perform poojas, like the Satyanarayan pooja, once in a year like all companies do’ and I told her we do all of that every year. I can still see her standing on the steps in the light blue dress hugging me goodbye asking me to drive safely always. Two days later, she was no more and then came that bolt out of the blue just a month later. There I was a winner of a free airline ticket to Amsterdam. All alone on a 22- day trip of Europe, when I went up the Alps, I knew in my heart that it was my crazy mom who had engineered this and seeing it all through me.
I decided that ‘enough was enough’, and I had to get into a mode where I lived life with no regrets. I loved events, entertainment, Rj-ing, acting, etc. so at the age of 48, I walked into NIEM to sign up for a 1-year diploma in event management. The professor fell off his chair, convinced that I was nuts and when I assured him that I was not looking for a job, he allowed me to join.
I used to go straight from work to learn, and that was the most wonderful 1-year spent learning and icing on the cake being sitting backstage at Filmfare awards hosted by SRK and Saif Ali Khan watching them rehearsing their lines. Those sadly were the days when I did not have a camera or mobile, but that experience made me want to learn more and so I took a course in RJing. Of course I knew nobody was going to give me a job, because sadly, age is an issue and there are not many out there who believe otherwise, despite tall claims that are made. Not everything we learn needs to get monetized because it does anyways – in our hearts and souls.
Retired today, I have a few short films to my credit and have even written and directed a short film. I am freelance writing, volunteering, studio hopping and doing things I never did before, learning more each day. All thanks to my mom who taught me to look up at the sky and see the beautiful art forms that God created with clouds in the sky to tell us that there is so much more, if you just look for it.
I just know in my heart that mom has been reborn somewhere close to the Alps and is living her dream. I just hope that my sharing will help you to look within again and free that dream tucked away in the corner of your heart.
About Hira Mehta:
Hira Mehta, holds a diploma in event management and voicing. She has since retired from ICICI Bank with thirty-eight years of service. She is a freelancer on various projects and simultaneously enjoying her love for re-cycle craft, passion for writing, hosting and speaking at events, contributing to social service and indulging in her greatest love – Bollywood with blogging, voicing, interviewing people, acting in short films and studio hopping. Her blog is titled “crossleggedwithhira” and her motto is: “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, I used everything you gave me”.