A friend lost her loved one to a long and relentless battle with depression. Another waited for her husband to come home. He was in the ICU and had just recovered from COVID. She excitedly put on her shoes and rushed to the door to bring him back home from the hospital. Just then, the phone rang.
"Walk toward the light " It broke my heart To see your face When the call came I wish I could Reach out, Comfort you And assure you I have moved To the quiet Peacefulness If I knew now What I knew then I'd stop. Pause. Recharge. Refresh. Hurry less. Walk slow, Very slow Exhale more. I'd explore Not stagnate Be rooted Yet free Wild to roam Build, Not tear walls, Be fearless Conspicuous Step up Stand out Speak up Opine Secure in my Convictions Befriend more Be kind Much kinder Live a little Live a lot Take chances Laugh more, Harder, longer Rebel a little Rebel a lot ! Be reckless Experiment, Sometimes ! Innovate Live Not exist I'd understand That people Hurt Behind their fake smiles To not care For the world -view Be impervious, To illogical opinions Irrational displeasure Irate chastising Unimaginable prejudices Abhorrent discrimination Opportunistic 'friends' I'd understand that Education Learnedness Social stature Do not define Inherent good will That the inner conscience Is silenced Coerced to mass yes-ism Robotically moulded To fit in Rather than stand out In a society where Normal and mediocre Fit the bill "Safe ". No place At the high table For the Thinkers Philosophers Rationalisers The misfits The crazies Anyone with a view That threatens To question I'd have released the rebel within To balance the Goody godly side Rather than reach That point Where I want To scream out loud I'd understand That people's behaviour Mirror their wretched souls Insecurities and rage Lashed out In order For them to rise Others must fall In order To survive Others must perish I'd understand this And move away Not agonise I'd surround myself With the few Who lighten My soul Who love The inner me Who infuse Energy Positivity Happiness Love I'd DO The bucket list DO more The unkept promises Unfulfilled dreams Live out My dream At the end All the paper work And the terabytes Stored in Password protected Machines All the meetings The hustle Bustle And survival Taken away In one second Above all I would realise We are assured That we cross over And meet On the other side Don't wait Like I did To walk to the light Only at the end Dispel the darkness Right now For in the end Happy memories are All that remain.
Globally, as of 11:33am India Time, 30th of January 2021, there have been 102,636,329 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 2,216,421 deaths, reported to WHO.
The cases continue to grow world- wide. It is important not to lose our guard. Continue to wear masks. Continue to maintain social distancing. Hold back on entertaining and large gatherings. Stay positive and focus on the good. This too, like all things good and bad, shall pass.
The Author Dr. Rekha Samuel, MD is a Pathologist, Scientist and writer. An alumnus of Mount Hermon School, Darjeeling She lives with her husband and two cocker spaniels in Kolkata.
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