Did I say ‘MY SIGNIFICANT OTHER’?
I meant my ‘Other’ significant other. Don’t get it? All right let me break it down clearly for you.
‘Significant other’ (noun) according to a dictionary can be defined as a life partner or a person with whom you have an established relationship with romantically.
So when I mention the term ‘Other significant other'(s), then I would be referring to that person(s) in your entire life span who have just made time magical(most probably in a platonic way) . A few examples of ‘Other significant other'(s) may be
THE DYNAMIC DUO.
Six attempts at climbing Mt Everest Tenzing Norgay reached the highest summit point @28,210 feet above sea level with legendary climber Raymond Lambert but it wasn’t enough to get him into the history books and make him world famous. “A sleeves-rolled-up, get-things-done man”, bee-keeper from New Zealand named Ed Hillary with four failed attempts himself never really imagined that they could push each other to where no man has gone before. On 29th May 1953 after 9 climbers, 19 sherpas and 350 porters had stopped along the way the duo achieved what other great climbers and expeditionists yearn for all their lives. The duo who had been acquainted with each other on that very trip went on to become friends till the passing of Tenzing Norgay in the year 1986. On their return from the base camp of Mt.Everest word was received that the young queen of England was ecstatic and the team was to be honoured. Ed Hillary and John Hunt(leader of the expedition) were knighted, while Norgay was awarded the George medal. Ed was later featured on the Five Dollar note of New Zealand continued in print to this day. Things would have been a lot different if both of them never met.
THE THUNDEROUS TRIO.
Ever watched the greatest scene in movie history?
No you hipsters! Its not Batman on his Bat pod riding into the light at the end of “The Dark Knight”. Its not from any of those movies you are thinking of either. Unless you are thinking of the Mexican Stand off in Clint Eastwood starring, Sergio Leone Directed all time classic “The Good, the Bad & the Ugly” you are just plain wrong.
Give me one scene in movie history with greater realistic stakes than three people with no one but each other who make them feel alive at that moment and all each one has to do is kill the others for riches beyond their imagination.
What could be more dramatic than the three most dangerous gunmen of the wild west in the middle of the desert in one of the largest graveyards in movie history standing in position for a showdown and collect their prize from a grave when two of them are done living?
The truth of the scene is wrongly perceived by people who do not appreciate the movie like the true fans. It is that none of them could have made it that far without the other. ‘Blondie’ and ‘Tuco’ have an uneasy partnership where each of them believe that he is the most integral part of the duo leading to a misunderstanding and results in each one teaching a lesson to the other. They stumble upon a wounded soldier with a location to the missing $200000 in gold. From then on we get a glimpse at the lives of Blondie, Tuco and Angel eyes. They have affiliations, betrayal, disintegration and finally leading to this moment you see.
The truth being that after any one of them makes out of the graveyard alive they are insignificant and mean nothing to the outside world. But until they finish their countdown they have each other who recognize them for their value(Not in a good way). But emotion can only be measured in magnitude and not whether its negative or positive. So an other significant other doesn’t need to be a friend necessarily. He/She can be more than what anyone can ever ask for.
THE BARBER SHOP QUARTET.
For lack of a better word for quartet I resorted to use the most famous representation of a quartet. But the quartet in focus is probably the most recognizable group for over a period of 6 decades till date.
Lennon, McCartney, Harrison & Starr. It cannot get more star studded than this. The Beatles were an English rock band that formed in Liverpool in 1960. The boyish charm,the ‘exi’ hairstyle, the matching suits and the impeccable stage manners were the trademark traits of the band. They became widely regarded as the greatest and most influential act of the rock era. But they were never always a well oiled engine like we think them to be. The Beatles was a work in progress from 1957 when John Lennon still in school formed a band with his classmates. Six months later he found Paul McCartney a young guitarist just 15 years old. By the same time next year all of the Quarrymen(Lennon’s band) had left pursuing other careers. 14 year old George Harrison was invited to watch them play and after heavy persuasion was accepted into the band. The three guitarists with beginners luck and a few well written songs took to stages across England and made a name for themselves as the “Silver Beetles”. After 2 years of mediocre gigs in Hamburg and a few covers with famous music artists lead to a disheartening life for John Lennon. This had worsened when Stuart Sutcliffe the bass guitarist of the band and one of Lennon’s best friends who had left the band earlier that year had died of brain haemorrhage. The band with the help of its manager had fired their long time drummer and hired drummer Ringo Starr to record an album. While the talents of Starr was great the band was unsatisfied with his drumming for the song “Love me do”. But he was accepted as a member of the band. The song “Please Please Me” was recorded at a faster tempo and performed live which brought them their first “No.1” song on the charts. From then on they became the most civilized act in rock and roll music with matching suits, the existenstialist hairstyle which was a trademark of their lost comrade Stuart Sutcliffe, well shaved faces and the teenage heartthrob attitude. They soon made history by being the most famous band in the history of the earth selling more music than any artist before them. Eventually in 1967 the band was at the beginning of its unmaking until the end of 1970. But, through its years the beatles reinvented themselves from being Rooted in skiffle,beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several genres, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. If the 4 had never met or stuck together then world would have lost something. I would not like to imagine a world where the beatles did not exist. They made history, they made people fall in love with them, they lived long and will live long forever after. The only thing they had in common was the love of music.
When so many people have met people unlike them and have made great things in life by being siblings, rivals, enemies and just two or more individuals having only one thing in common why do we shy away from every person who can be our “other significant other”? Study groups, language groups, major groups, minor groups, room mate compatibility algorithms, social media matching algorithms, similar interest matching and all other programming has led us to believe that the best years of our life are over and that our school years were some how more vibrant because we met a group of people who for a lack a better term were “un-homogenized”.
So as you go through your friends lists and contacts and look at all of those names you barely recognize any more or have had petty issues with in the past just think that each one of them had a potential to be your “other significant other”. With each growing person on the list whom you chose not to give a chance you have lost a companion leading you to greatness.
And to my “other significant other” ill just have to convey when I meet him or her whether standing two feet away from me tomorrow or half a world away a decade later that I will give up on the pleasures and ties of life just to go with you on the ride for GREATNESS.