There's a longing in our hearts that takes us to places. It takes us to our dreams. Somehow, someday, our heart rips through our thoughts, our mind and stands out in a way that's impossible to avoid. Because quite honestly, it's been quiet for way too long. We have been ignoring it for way too long. The heart guides us to our purpose - the reason we were brought into this world. There's a power in our heart that cannot be defied; it shakes us to our very core, hitting our thoughts like hail hitting the trees and shedding them in the process. There's a power in our heart, a truth that can never be hidden or ignored and the longer it sits there, the more powerful it becomes.
In shaking off these layers and accepting them, I have realized something…. It is the purpose of my life. The purpose of my life, I realized, is to be a flower. To be that one thing in the world that exudes laughter and love. In listening to my heart, I have realized that the only thing real in any moment of my life - is laughter. The only moment real is the one in which we unstoppably burst into laughter and spread seeds of it into the wind to be taken far far away, into the parts of the world we may never be able to touch or see.
But laughter is not constant. The winds can change direction and flowers can wilt. What once looked beautiful can now be completely dead. The heart can tremble yet once again at the loss of the ones we once loved with all of our hearts. With their beauty, we survive. In their beauty, we thrive. Perhaps they are still beautiful, we just need to remember. When they have lost their vision, we need to be their eyes. We need to remember them for who they are and who they can be. Goodbye is temporary. For in this lifetime, they will blossom all over again. This is the life of a flower and the life I am meant to live.
Hence, with broken sentences and unfinished books, my message to the world is simple:
Live like a flower.
When it's time to wilt, wilt. When it's time to bloom, bloom. Live like a flower and bring with yourself a laughter that will rip through the sky and spread with the wind like an irresistible desire.
Keep smiling like flowers,
Ish Kish Mish
July 27, 2015, 8:17 PM, Regina, SK, Canada
It took me a really long time to realize that in this life I was a very special person. In my own life and in others'. I was a person who entered your life and never left. Someone you could never afford to be fake in front of because I always saw right through you. I saw right through the million layers you had built around yourself and made you come face-to-face with your reality. From that you wanted to escape and bullshit me over and over again. But then again, I saw right through you. In front of me, there was absolutely no escape. In front of me, you had to show who you really were and let yourself be vulnerable because the only you who could meet me was the person you really were, not the person you were trying to be. Sometimes it took months, sometimes years, sometimes even a lifetime, but that was ok. If you had met me and were part of my life, some day you understood. That you'd have to throw away all the crap about who you think you are supposed to be and let yourself be who you really are. With me, you were just you. That was the power of my presence in your life.
In response to the Point of View Writing Assignment.
A man and a woman walk through the park together, holding hands. They pass an old woman sitting on a bench. The old woman is knitting a small, red sweater. The man begins to cry. Write this scene.
Today’s twist: write the scene from three different points of view: from the perspective of the man, then the woman, and finally the old woman.
Today, like the end of each day, we went for a walk in the park. Each day is getting cooler and cooler so we were holding hands very tightly. The day was supposed to end very peacefully but as we were passing through the park, something shook up my heart. As we were walking through the park, I saw an old woman knitting a small, red sweater. It reminded of the sweater that my mother had knit for me years ago. I had received it as a present for my 7th birthday. Our family was very poor and as the days were getting colder, it was very difficult to stay warm at school. Because my mother could not afford to buy the yarn, she would ask her friends for left-over pieces and would knit us colourful sweaters. Twenty years after her death, as I watched the old lady knit a sweater, I really missed her.
As we were walking through the park and talking about our day delightfully, a weird thing happened. I noticed tears in my humorous husband’s eyes. Minutes ago, we were making jokes about his new assistant and suddenly, at the glimpse of an old lady knitting a sweater, I saw him cry. I knew there was only one thing in this world that could make him cry so suddenly. It was the thought of his mother. If she was alive today, she would be about the same age as that old lady. I held his hand tightly, wrapped my arm around his back and nodded, “it’s okay.”
The Old Woman
I was knitting a sweater for my granddaughter when I saw a couple pass me by. They looked a bit old but they were holding their hands like 16-years olds. As they were walking away, I saw them holding each other tightly with arms around each others’ backs. I wish that my loved one was with me today to hold me tight.