There and back again

People come and go. Some stays for years, some even promises forever. Some shows for hours or few seconds, then gone for eternity. Just like bubbles that burst after spending few seconds floating in the air, the essence of the people whom we meet is not reflected on the length of time they spend with us, but through the impact they make in our lives. As with bubbles, we all smile as it starts to float, for few seconds it eases our agonies.

Anchor and Ship. Photo Credit: Mrkela92
John opened the door and found the room empty. No face greeted him and only the hot air that congested for hours kissed his cheeks. He called a name but heard no reply. He rushed then to his bedroom and opened the cabinet, it was empty.

John knew he was alone again. 

Tears fell from his tired eyes, he was sobbing. He reached for his phone in his pocket and dialed several digits. “Where are you?” John asked. “I moved out. Just read the letter on the table, I explained everything there. Take care of yourself,” said the voice in the other line. There was a beep and the line was disconnected.

John found the letter on his table. The words were written hastily on a torn page of a notebook. He read it. 

Several months ago, John met online the one who wrote the letter. They exchanged messages and agreed to share his place when the stranger visits the Metro. Since then he prepared for their first meeting day. He even bought a new cabinet, pillows and blanket for the stranger whom he gave his trust. He also planned several activities which they will do together if time will allow. 

“Kung anong tagal ng paghihintay ko, siya naming bilis ng pag-alis mo” these words occurred in his mind. Then, John was again sobbing and it was louder.

But he was not surprised that the stranger was gone. After the revealing conversation they had last night, they both came into a realization that made them emotionally unstable. They ought to do something for their individual happiness and fulfillment. It was not a normal conversation, it was an enlightening one.

The stranger was heading back home, it was told on the letter and soon John will also give his family a visit. After that conversation, they both found courage to face the reality  that they  have been trying to escape from. It will not be easy, but they must do it. 

John grew up in modest ways his parents could afford. He was promised to be sent to school by his sister, but she failed him. He was very disappointed but he never showed to anyone the emotion inside him

But disappointment did not stop him to dream and to aspire for greater and better things not only for himself, but for his family as well. Since he was young, he was a dreamer. His dreams have spread farther than his family could see. He plunged into the cold waters, swam and conquered the big waves. He used his muscles, strengths, and abilities and gradually realized his fantasies. He was living part of his dreams. Yet, even with his achievements, the pile of dreams he fulfilled, he was still unhappy. 

But after the talk he had with the trusted stranger, he knew what to do. He is going back to where it all started; to his home, to his family and to the place where he built his dreams and there, begin again.

People come and go. Some stays for years, some even promises forever. Some shows for hours or few seconds, then gone for eternity. Just like bubbles that burst after spending few seconds floating in the air, the essence of the people whom we meet is not reflected on the length of time they spend with us, but through the impact they make in our lives. As with bubbles, we all smile as it starts to float, for few seconds it eases our agonies.


4 comments

  1. Anonymous5/24/2015

    related much!!!!!........this is you hap!!!

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    1. I'm happy that you can somehow relate to the story but I just want to make this clear, John is not me and certainly he is not a work of fiction.

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  2. Anonymous5/24/2015

    Because you didn't know what sacrifice means...

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    1. if that's what you think, then be it. ;)

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