August 1, 2016

There once lived a girl...

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There once lived a girl, who felt as though, she was spending her life aboard an imaginary boat. Along with her among the passengers, were her near and dear ones - who loved her unconditionally and whom she loved as well. Or so she thought. She compared her life to the tranquil sea the boat seemed to be sailing on, which is constantly steered but is unaware of its final destination. 

There once lived a girl, who saw what her early life was made up of. She played with kids of her own kin and looked forward to meeting them often, confident of the fact that she would always stay in touch with them. She saw how they all got along together and how peacefully they traveled on the boat as a joint team. 

There once lived a girl, who saw that as the years passed by, the occasional thunderstorms and rapid waves rocked the boat occasionally but never let down the people onboard the vessel. Their respect and love for each other always made sure the boat restored its calm and returned to its original sway.

There once lived a girl, who saw how one fine day, the boat began to rock vehemently. She got all scared and looked around. But what she saw disturbed her. The other members of the boat had gotten into an argument and let their personal differences becomes the reason of the turmoil. They yelled at each other, they boycotted each other’s opinions and saw how no one actually respected the other in spite of the strong bond they once all shared.

There once lived a girl, who thought, it was considered best to keep quiet as an adult. In matters of the heart, in unavoidable circumstances, in family matters and important decisions. She played to her surroundings with utmost care so as to never disturb the equilibrium of the boat and her mind - both hers and those around her. All was well as long as she never rocked the boat on her own and quietly swayed to the whims and fancies of the sea. 

But it wasn’t an easy task. Stories she had only read about in books took place in her own life. No matter how hard she tried, she could never bring back the peace of her mind that she once carried as a child. Times had changed and so had relationships. Even though years had flown by, it had taken some relationships mere seconds to transform into a new entity. She realized how 'stranger than fiction' her life had become. 

There once lived a girl, who then realized that every story or real-life situation had 3 sides - her side of the story, their side of the story and the ‘truth’. And so she decided that it was best to remain calm and do her duty. If she felt it right, she would acknowledge the situation but never let it go out of control. If the situation made her uncomfortable, she decided to remain calm and let the storm pass by. No tears, no explanations and most importantly, no heartbreaks. 

Today the little girl has evolved into a young woman. One who left her world to make her own little world. She sails adrift on her own boat. The old boat has sailed out of vision, however, now she feels at peace. She couldn’t change who they were and so she decided to start afresh with a new perspective.”

It’s surprising to see how life transforms us. A moment of truth in this instant, doesn't stand true in the next. But I have realized that’s how life has to go on. A repenting heart forever stays but life goes on.  

Have you ever experienced a 'stranger than fiction' situation in real-life? 

How did you deal with it?

**Linking with Day 1 of the #BarAThon Challenge  from 1st to 7th August 2016**



Yours' truly,
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22 comments:

  1. The truth, beautifully put. Loved your take on the prompt.

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    1. Thank you Mayuri. Glad you liked it. :)

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  2. This is a beautiful tale... Of life, realizations and growth. Now she can explore any direction on her own :)

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    1. Thanks Rajlakshmi. Yes now she can. :)

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  3. What a beautiful story narrated in an even more beautiful manner! I loved the way you ended it and gave the message!

    Cheers
    Geets

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    1. Thanks Geets :) Glad you liked the take.

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  4. Life this is. Staying calm and remaining least affected is the only solution to stay sane in such real-life situations. And yes, the two sides of the story may not at all have any truth in them. So it is better to be unbiased and take no sides. Very well-written!

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    1. True Rekha. Life does teach us the most important lessons in the most weird ways. So it's best to keep calm and head on. :) Thanks for visiting.

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  5. Beautifully captured the essence of life. You cannot change the people around you, only yourself. And stay true to yourself. Very well written

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    1. Yes Aditi. Something that I have learned the hard way. We can never change people and they won't change on their own too ;) Thanks for visiting.

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  6. Such a true and heartfelt take on the plot. Life does change us and such is life.

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    1. Yes Inderpreet. Sometimes I wonder if that change is required at all but then situations make me realize that it was required. Thanks for visiting.

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  7. The gradual transition from innocence to experience using the symbolism of the boat was beautifully executed. Very interesting take on the prompt.

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    1. Thank you Shailaja. Yes I was always under the impression that if we are able to retain the child-like innocence all life long then we should be able to enjoy life much better. But that isn't feasible. We need to change no matter what.

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  8. The journey of life beautifully explained. I love how she evolved, how her thought process matured and changed.

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    1. Thanks for visiting Tulika. Glad you liked it. Transforming our thought process is highly essential in the present-day circumstances. :)

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  9. Beautiful and so well done on the prompt. To add to it, I am so glad you are back with this challenge :) hugs!

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    1. Thanks Parul. I am glad too that I am making a much dedicated effort this time. Hoping that the streak lasts long. :)

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  10. This is beautiful....This is the story of each one of us....The only thing that is true about life is change....How time and experiences transform us.....How life teaches us....!

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    1. Thanks Sunaina :) Glad you liked my post. I have learnt some of my lessons through life experiences only to realize that it is one of the best teachers.

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