In the circus called life….
As Shakespeare puts it, There are Seven stages of man: infant, schoolboy, lover, soldier,justice, Pantalone and old age,
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
Then, the whining school-boy with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then, a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden, and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then, the justice,
In fair round belly, with a good capon lined,
With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws, and modern instances,
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
–William Shakespeare‘s As You Like It, spoken by the melancholy Jaques in Act II Scene VII.
Also Circus reminds me of Mr.Raj Kapoor in the 1970’s hindi classic movie Mera Naam Joker (1970). In the movie, he plays the role of a joker going through three phases of life: childhood, youth, and old name. In each phase he falls for different women, through the movie and ultimately remains single. Couple of songs from the movie … (sorry no english subtitles)
This one has captured the way circus was back in India back in the 90’s after which most acts were banned following human rights & animal rights activists campaigns.
You might wish to show it to your kids.
So in the end, we all are performers on the live stage. And its Show Time now!!
Go out and shine in your worlds…