Mugged: To be attacked and robbed in a public area.
On the morning of the 27th of April 2021, I was on my way to meet a friend for our everyday Morning walk. It was 6:15 am, the day was bright and I saw many people around me either walking, cycling, or going about their chores.
As I neared my meeting point a motorbike cruised next to me. It appeared like the rider was looking for an address. I didn’t think too much about it, just moved a little away without slowing down my brisk pace. Till he caught up with me again. This time, it made me cautious, but I was unperturbed as I was in Mumbai and so many people were around me.
I continued walking when suddenly I was hit on my right shoulder, really hard. I turned back to look what it was and before I could I felt strong hands grasping my wrist and twisting it painfully. I didn’t understand what was happening but I tightened my grip on the mobile phone I was holding. A man was twisting my wrist and trying to tug my phone out of my hands, but I refused to let go. He twisted it even further and that caused a shot of pain to reach my shoulder.
Though I didn’t want to let go, my instinct kicked in and I eased my grip on the phone. The man yanked it away and sprinted forward to sit pillion on a bike revved up and waiting for him. The same bike that was pretending to look for an address as it trailed me.
I stood rooted on the spot as they sped away. That’s when it sunk in, that I had just been mugged.
I took a deep breath, collected myself, and after meeting my friend we both went straight to the Police station. I lodged a complaint, identified both the phone snatchers on the CCTV footage, and went home.
It was only after I had showered and was by myself did the reality of what I had been through sink in. I got the chills when it did.
As I recapped what I had been through I began to feel violated. I imagined what all could have happened. I could have been hurt. They could have gravely injured me (an acquaintance was mugged similarly 3 days later at the same spot. After they snatched her phone, she was pushed and hit her head on the pavement. She thankfully recovered).
A painkiller took care of the pain in my shoulder and wrist but these thoughts kept whirling in my head. I dared to ask myself what my last moments would have been like? Would I have been happy about a life well lived or would I have realized that there was so much I had left undone?
My answer was, my last moments would have been unhappy ones filled with regret. Another big realization was, we never know which would be our last moment or last day on earth. The best moment is the one now. I had not used the gift of life fully or wisely and it was time I did.
I am fond of repeating this line. ‘The Universe whispers to us all the time, and when you don’t listen it screams.’ This incident was a scream from the Universe, as I had been ignoring the whispers for a long time now.
If you learn from a mistake it is no longer a mistake, it becomes a lesson. Getting mugged was the lesson I needed and from that day onwards I started resetting the pieces of my life to give it a new shape.
What did I do? Stay tuned to find out!
Till then stay safe, take care of yourself, and when the Universe whispers listen. Don’t make it scream.