Another life lesson…

By Zeina A.G

When I began writing a part of me felt guilty for sticking my characters in tough situations and I always wondered if I’d taken it too far with the events that I clamped together. After seeing the direction of this year it resonates so much to me that life doesn’t take a break, there are no specific rules everything can change its direction in a blink of an eye. You could already be missing a lot of people and then another loss could hit you in the face. You could already be appreciating and spending time with the people you love and they could still leave in a blink of an eye. You could have already passed this feeling of defeat in the past few months, yet once again it can creep up on you and it feels totally different. The loneliness you feel each time would be different because each person is unique in the way they touch your life. You feel cheated to bury another set of memories but you don’t have to bury these memories you can set an intention to remember and honor them every day. Even if it means being frustrated from life or crying till your eyes hurt.

Personally, I think it’s humbling to feel your feelings. And there is a lesson in all this as life starts peeling away the unnecessary baggage we carry from our outer image right to what society may think of you. From now on I will let go of rules, the silly standards and just feel. Write fearlessly and from all my heart.

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Nothing​ matters

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you did all the right things with someone and they wronged you. What matters is that you stood for what you sincerely believed in. And if you’re patient through all the hurt being thrown at you ;keeping your heart open would give you a peace of mind for the long run. It doesn’t matter if you get ignored by everyone else, what matters you can sit with yourself to tame and listen to the inside voices that many people ignore. That’s how everything around you starts to fade away and nothing matters…

Peace

By Zeina A.G

Nobody is going to be your hero,” keeps echoing through your mind as you recall your misfortunes. You look around you and see everyone matching, nobody talks about their feelings they are on auto-pilot. During moments of weakness, it makes you wonder if you should change to match your surroundings.

It can feel like you are taking so many steps back while everyone is aiming forward. You want to be strong, move on and smile. You want to engage in all activities, in all your plans and you want to be happy.

Instead, you embrace your loneliness; and sense yourself hiding in the shadows trying to process your feelings. The one thing you don’t truly realize is that you are not swallowed in the shadows; you are sitting in the shade, taking a warrior’s rest. A warrior’s rest from all the memories you have to process to get to the peace of mind you so badly crave. A rest from society’s fake masks which only mirror plastered feelings and pretentious smiles.

Maybe you’re not supposed to be fine that fast and there’s always a fact to remember that nobody is resilient or immune to life’s downfalls. There is a purpose to embracing all the heartaches and losses.

The outcome is peace. A guarantee when the time is right you will carry your past in a locked and safe place in your heart.

Faith

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For the Creative Writing Ink Writing Prompt http://www.creativewritingink.co.uk/resources/writing-prompts/

The silence in her surroundings reflected its true beauty as she climbed the long steps and stopped in the middle to listen to nothing.  Even though it was winter roses were blooming in the garden around.  Raindrops were gathering on her face and for the first time, Emma didn’t hear anyone screaming out to her to get under shelter. She stared up at the statue; wondering how she survived such a noisy world every day.  Everyone around her had an opinion about how she felt, but for the first time ever she could hear her own little voice booming out from inside of her. Emma imagined how life would be different without sorrow and grief. It seemed odd to her how in a blink of an eye a person could end up as words on a paper, or even a flame from a candle. Emma thought of her sister’s soul at times as a unique rose that stood out from its surroundings.

It’s so strange that it had taken her that long to figure out what life was about, and what it meant to be alive. Emma chose to forget, to ignore the void, but the truth was too big to be hidden. It’s a subject everyone she got acquainted with avoided. The true fact no one can deny it that you hold on to every word, every sentence, every wound, and every memory.

The people Emma always wanted to share her grief with didn’t understand the meaning of the treasured words on a paper or the value of the memory she kept hidden inside of her.

She realized the time and hurried to the car. Emma peeked at her five-year-old niece, Katie, who was fast asleep in the back seat and instantly began thinking of what her sister had left behind.

Katie’s long hair covered her like a quilt, she slowly yawned and sat up looking around her for a few seconds, “Are we at a church??” she asked, “Can I go down and light a candle?”

Emma grinned at her and carried her down. Once again they climbed the long steps hand in hand. The sun was peering out from behind the clouds and strangely Emma’s quest to enjoy the stillness had failed.  She grinned at her niece taking notice for the first time, how everyone leaves something beautiful behind them.She finally realized that the trace of a loved one never entirely fades away. The silence was filled with an echoing laughter of a child.

 

Change

For the Creative Writing Ink Writing Prompt http://www.creativewritingink.co.uk/resources/writing-prompts/

We try to resist change, and shut it out, but it’s there whether we want it or not. Change can throw us into the scary un-known. It can leave us in a deserted terrain with nothing, but fear to get by.

I know we tend close our eyes and shut our hearts during sorrowful times. We tend to believe that no one would ever understand what we had to endure and leave behind. But with a little faith we can grab on to whatever small light we spot at the end of each dark tunnel. Change can hold a new beginning for growth. Also a chance to discover places within ourselves that we never knew existed.