Short Story

The Little Girl Dressed in White

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A picture of a little girl dressed in white, sitting calmly on a tiny studio chair; with an innocent face, eyes full of curiosity and a faint smile – that’s what the world sees now.

But it isn’t the whole story. As she grew up, she was told a secret by her parents – that right before the moment that this picture was clicked, she had fallen. And she had tears in her eyes. Afraid of what had happened. Lying on the ground. Not knowing how to pick herself up. She was one year old after all. And there were many lessons that were yet to be learned.

But she was surrounded by people that she loved. She was picked up by her mother and made to try one more time. To give it one more shot. And that’s when she succeeded at it – smiling again, ready to strike a pose, observing everything that was around her.

She was a girl who needed very little to be happy – a glass of Cola, her mom’s gentle embrace, her dad’s piggyback rides and watching WWE with her brother. She was protected, just like a little princess.

Years passed by, and as she grew older, life became harder. She made a lot of friends but was able to keep very few. She had to travel all over the world and call a new place home every now and then. She had to learn how to speak in different languages and make change her best friend.

Change – that was the biggest challenge. It was like having to be a new person. It meant having to let go of things – sometimes completely and sometimes in parts. So, she learned how to say “goodbye” more than how to say “hello”.

With every adventure, she grew stronger. She was able to wipe away the tears by herself. Able to conquer the fear of failure. Able to fight to get back up every time she fell.

With time, everything around her became a little more different. The world became a little more complex. And she wasn’t protected as much anymore, because she stayed oceans away from the ones who had picked her up for the very first time.

But, there’s one thing that she could never forget – that one secret that she was told by her parents. It reminded her of how important it was to never give up. To always have hope in her heart. To believe in herself and also in the universe, even though it worked in the strangest ways.

And that’s what made her come so far. It’s what made her bold enough to make her own decisions. To make mistakes. To learn from them.  To know how to do the right thing. To dare to challenge the impossible.

They were still the true source of joy for her, those little things – the Cola, the embrace and watching shows. The only thing that changed, was how valuable they had become.

She realized how important being loved was. How fortunate she was to have something that great. She was now wiser, that little girl dressed in white. And she continued to wear it with pride – that faint smile.  She knew that she had come far from where she had started her journey. But she also knew that another adventure awaited her and that a new story had just begun.

Of course, life would knock her down again. But this time, she would be ready.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Article, Feelings

Meant to be?

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We work so hard to make sure that they are part of our life – those things that matter the most. Then why is it that they are the first ones that we forget about, or choose to let go of when things get tough?

As time passes, or as we move on from one leap of faith to another, memories are built.Moments are captured and framed on our favorite wall.

But then, reality happens.

Fear starts to exist-

The constant thought that we may not be able to live up to expectations.

Or that we may not be capable of doing whatever it takes to keep those things.

We begin to question whether we are good enough.

Whether we will be able to do justice to everything that we have created till now.

The footprints that we left along the way-

Some have faded,

And some remain in the hearts of many, that have set out on their own quests of self-discovery.

Would we ever look back at them and trace how far we have come?

Or would we choose to give them up?

As we start to find reasons, good ones

For having made the decisions that we did,

A little voice whispers in our head.

The one more famously known as what connects us to the “Soul of the world”.

The heart.

Asking us to be brave.

Brave enough to turn around sometimes.

To remember just how much every part means.

To have the courage to question ourselves.

 

And that’s when we must stop.

Take a moment to listen.

And if what we hear brings us joy,

Then we know that it is indeed worth fighting for.

 

Whatever you think that you must let go of.

Don’t.

Because it might be exactly what you need to keep going.

And if you’re lucky enough, the universe will reward you.

By gifting you with something called “forever”.

It will conspire to give you whatever you truly want.

Because, believe it or not, it was always meant to be…..

 

 

 

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Experiences, Feelings

Scars, Battles, Destruction and Beauty

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Every now and then, something will destroy you. Sometimes a little, and sometimes completely. It will test your patience. Push you to the edge. Challenge your strength. Demand your courage.

It will question everything that you believe in. And leave you thinking deep. About just how you were able to make all those decisions that made you stand at the place that you are at today. And why you made them.

You will break. Or maybe get scarred during the fierce battle between your mind and your heart. As you redefine your limits and push your boundaries. As you begin to realize that you are capable of withstanding so much more than you think. Of achieving what seems impossible.

You will fall. Or maybe bend a little. As you try to carry yourself through it all. Remembering exactly why you need to win. To get back up and move on.

You will hear all those voices. The ones that told you that you were not good enough. Or maybe that questioned whether you were the best choice and walked away.

You will face the fear. Of losing. Of never being able to be the same person again. Of giving away too much of yourself to someone.

But falling apart piece by piece isn’t really a bad thing.

In fact, it might be exactly what you need.

To see the beautiful mess that you can make.

To see how far you can go before breaking.

To get a chance to put yourself back together.

In a way, that nobody else can imagine of. Not even you.

Because when you rise after that something.

The something that destroys you.

Just a little. Or completely.

You will be a little better. Or maybe the best version of yourself.

And that’s when you realize that it’s all worth it.

The intense emotion, the unseen drama, the tough choices and the uncertainty.

So, embrace it. All of it.

And save it as a memory.

Because in the end, what once destroyed you will become a great story.

 

 

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Experiences, Feelings

You Survived

Step out of the door each day knowing that you can handle whatever it brings. Believe in your journey – look back at how far you’ve come. Be bold enough to make decisions without knowing exactly how they will turn out in the end. They may be far from perfect. But that won’t matter. Because they will be yours. Be honest. Say what’s on your mind more often. Don’t waste time thinking about it.  Because maybe its exactly what someone wants to hear. Listen to your favourite song.

Spend time doing something you love. Don’t let your to do list take over. Be open to change. Greet a stranger. Smile for no reason. Stop thinking about how the world sees you. Embrace life just as it is. Even if its not what you had imagined it to be at this point. Destiny, is something that you have no control over. But when it comes to everything else, you’re in charge.

Work hard. Give it your all. So that when everything falls into place, you can say that you did something right. That you are proud. Of having made that choice.

Stand tall and keep moving. Wear your scars with pride. Let go of the fear. Because if you are lucky enough to have reached that point, you will know that you survived.

 

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Poetry, THOUGHTS

Snowflakes in the Sand

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Take that chance.

Rather take every chance that you can get.

At something that you truly want.

Don’t let it pass by just because it wasn’t what you asked for.

Or because your’e afraid that you won’t be able to win at the end of the day.

Because the truth is that you can’t “always”.

You can’t always plan.

You can’t always succeed.

In fact, its just the opposite of all of that.

This journey that your’e on.

 

It was never meant to be painted in black and white.

There are no rules.

And the only boundaries that exist,

are the ones that you set.

 

Every time that you let yourself think that you can’t,

You stop yourself.

From growing.

From turning into someone who’s even stronger,

than the person that you see in the mirror everyday.

 

Stop trying to play safe.

Stop avoiding the path that seems so unfamiliar.

Because maybe taking it is the next step.

Maybe its the only way to end up having

everything that you dream of.

 

Its okay to not know.

Or even doubt yourself for a while.

Does that mean that your’e not tough enough?

No – not at all.

What it really means is that your’e at that point.

Where its all about to change.

Everything that you once knew.

Everything that you believe in.

Its time to question it.

Is it enough?

 

Are you happy with where you stand?

Do you have the courage to go further?

Is this truly what you want?

If it is, then go ahead.

 

Take that chance.

Even if it doesn’t make complete sense.

Even if it seems impossible.

Embrace the challenge and make a wish.

And who knows, it might just work.

 

Because miracles really do exist.

And life might just surprise you,

And you might discover something that nobody else has till now.

Like snowflakes in the sand.

 

Be brave. Be limitless.

Don’t settle.

Because every end could be a new beginning.

And that possibility is all that matters.

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Feelings, Poetry, THOUGHTS

It’s Me – Life.

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You’re in that moment – everything becomes clear.

You start to see things for what they really are.

You realize that what you’ve always truly wanted,

has been right in front of you this entire time.

And then, the obvious question comes into your head-

How did you not see that before?

 

You start to think. You think a lot.

Until you find a reason to blame yourself.

You believe that you could’ve done better.

That you probably didn’t give it your all.

That you didn’t fight hard enough.

Or maybe got distracted by something.

How could you have lost sight of your goal?

After all, you always followed the plan that you made.

But you should know that it wasn’t you.

 

In fact , it was me – Life.

 

Love, happiness and success

I saw you dream about all those things

And made sure that they came your way.

Just not how you had imagined them to be.

 

Because I wanted you to learn.

That the world’s this twisted place.

Where you need to rise above and move on

No matter how much it hurts

Or what you face

 

And I know that it wasn’t easy for you.

Believe me, I saw those tears that you tried to hide.

And even though you hated me back then

I stood there, right by your side

 

You kept asking me why I was so tough on you.

And told me that I was unfair.

You said that you wanted to give up.

And walk away, to somewhere.

 

I never answered.

Even though I really wanted to.

Because time stopped me –

I had to wait.

Till you reached to the point

Where you’re standing now.

And now that you’re here at last,

My silence finally breaks –

 

I spotted you, when we first met.

When you held my hand,

And took your first step.

You fell. But you would always get back up.

And I knew, right then.

That you were a diamond in making.

 

So here’s the truth –

I will always choose you.

So forgive me if I’m hard on you sometimes.

And know that it’s because you’re special to me.

 

Because I know that you have what it takes.

To become fierce and relentless.

Passionate, grateful and kind

Because I think you’re amazing

And superheroes like you

Are hard to find….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Feelings

Where you Belong

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Thinking about it. That’s where it all begins.

Right there. In the middle of the night.

Your’e wide awake.

And no matter what you do – you just can’t stop.

There’s this need to find an answer.

A need to figure it out. That one thing –

Whatever it is.

And in that moment you decide.

To believe that you know what your’e doing.

To have faith in the journey.

You spend hours. Days. Weeks. Months.

And then there’s that one moment.

When everything makes sense.

You realize that it was worth it.

That you made it through.

You find an answer to all the why’s.

And once again, hope wins.

Against all the odds.

And it doesn’t seem to be so difficult after all.

You’re no longer staring at the ceiling.

You find a reason.

You find strength.

You look at yourself in the mirror.

And you know that something’s different.

Your’e different.

You’ve evolved.

Into this person who is unbreakable.

Who’s learned how to trust the journey.

Who’s accepted that it’s never going to get easier.

Who’s now ready to do whatever it takes.

You’ve got that smile on your face.

The one that shows that your’e brave.

Your eyes light up.

Burning with passion.

Your’e no longer thinking.

It’s time to go out there and get it.

Get what you’ve wanted for so long.

Get what has kept you awake.

It’s your chance.

And nothing’s stopping you this time.

Because you’ve decided.

Your’e done searching.

This is exactly what you want.

And exactly where you belong.

And before you know it –

There will be no more sleepless nights.

 

Hope will win again.

And so will you….

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THOUGHTS

The Sun Will Rise

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And sometimes its just about taking it all in – one breath at a time. Between all the craziness and uncertainty. Between the hope and the fear. Between what seems like the end and a what may be new beginning.

Its about sitting back and doing nothing for once. About not trying so hard. About letting it go, even when it feels like it’s worth holding on to. About accepting things as they are.

Its about keeping up the fight. Even when you think you don’t have what it takes. Even when it seems like you won’t ever be the same person again. Even when the odds aren’t in your favour.

Its about being grateful. Because you made it so far. Because your’e lucky enough to have another chance to give it a shot. Because you know that someone cares.

Its about celebrating the small wins.

About learning from every loss.

About growing.

About getting stronger.

And sometimes it can get hard to do all those things.

Between the chaos and the silence.

About everything that matters.

Even then, you must go on.

Because you deserve to get all that you’ve ever dreamed of.

Because each one of us has the power.

To make a choice – something that we forget.

And sometimes, a reminder is all that you need.

Don’t be afraid. Step back. Fight. Let go. Be happy. Don’t give up yet. Breathe.

 

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From Me to Me

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It’s been so long.

10 years now.

Yet you don’t seem to be a stranger,

Somehow.

I still remember,

That cold winter day

Your piercing grey eyes

And innocent face.

You still seem to have it,

Your timeless smile

It’s just hidden somewhere.

Since a long while.

How I wish

you’d let it show.

Free yourself of what holds you down,

And simply let it go

Remember the promise that you once made?

You would do whatever it takes

And never let your dream fade.

Our eyes meet.

And I can see it, it’s clear.

Your mind is full of questions.

And there’s so much that you fear.

And as I look back at you,

I realize.

You’ve grown taller.

Stronger and wise.

I’m proud of you.

And I always will be.

You’re my hero, always remember that

My 30-year-old me

So, stop overthinking this.

You will find a way.

To reignite that spark.

And forever it will stay.

 

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Feelings

Shooting Star

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Don’t give up yet.

For even a shooting star loses its beauty once it passes by.

Yet it leaves us with hope.

Hope that gives us a reason to believe.

To believe that tomorrow we might get exactly what we wished for.

And then, it will all make sense.

It will be worth it.

And all that you will remember is that one night.

That one night when you decided to look up instead of looking away.

Don’t lose that chance.

Dream instead. About mountains and seas.

About white horses and carriages.

About magical creatures and giant beanstalks.

Because it’s not too crazy and you’ll never be too old.

Reset the limits. Break free.

It’s never too late.

Too late to witness a miracle.

So, don’t.

Don’t give up.

Because shooting stars do exist.

Remember?

Look up.

Make a wish.

And dream…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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