I missed my connecting flight from Amsterdam to Delhi because the Seattle Amsterdam flight was delayed.
The next one was after 16 hours
I was given meal coupons and a fake apology.
I chose not to accept it. Asked for a 24hr visa instead to step out.
It was 7pm when I got the visa. My flight was at 6am.
I was dead tired. My mind told me to crash at a hotel. I chose to walk the streets of Amsterdam, clicking.
Went straight to the airport. My camera some 350 photos heavy.
Jet Airways morning flight to Mumbai. Sleep was the easy option. I chose to read the inflight magazine instead.
Came across a photo contest that asked for pictures of Amsterdam. I have never reacted to these. But the images from that Amsterdam night had remained in my head. I chose to take a camera shot of the contest page.
Was clearing my phone images. Came across the contest page image. Chose not to ignore it any further and submitted 2 of my favorite pics from that night.
Jet Airways wrote in. I had won first prize.
And understood life yet again
Your choices are not driven by the result you want
Rather, you are the result of the choices you make