Moving On – Flash Fiction

There she lay lifeless because something had broken inside her. Thousands of memories rolled back in her mind. She wanted to scream, let out her pain, run across, and lock herself in the room, yet she found it hard even to shed a tear. What is this weird feeling?

Aarohi…Are you okay?‘ Noor cried, breaking her thoughts.

She looked concerned. But Aarohi was still packing the bundle of memories that got unleashed.

Aarohi, will you respond?‘ Now Noor’s voice demanded an answer. But Aarohi did not utter a word.

Back of her mind, she knew one day this was about to happen, but what she didn’t know was, how she would handle this news.

It’s been more than a year Rehan left her, but somehow, she still couldn’t let him go of her life.

Move on, Aarohi!‘ Her friends joked about it.

But deep down, only she knew how much difficult it was for her.

Is it really easy for people to give up on people they love the most?

She remembered every night, making promises to herself to let go of things and start new. And yet she found herself caged in those same walls of love and affection. She screamed and cried for help at the top of her voice, but it was as if the world had become deaf to her voice.

But today she smiled at the pain and at those walls that no longer hold her. This was not the end for her but a new beginning. And, as the world started to fade in her eyes, she took the last look at the paper in hand which read ‘Rehan weds Mithali’ and closing her eyes she embraced death with open arms.

Letting Go….

A lot of us hoped for n number of things in life, material objects that can symbolise our status and success. Many among us wish to own a house, have a fruitful career, and have a happy family. Apart from possessions and recognition, people also desire security and fulfilment of a relationship. When we finally meet our soul partner, we are thrilled and believe that life is now complete. However, when things go off the beam, and the connection reaches an end, we go through mixed emotions that seem like to tear our soul apart. Losing people who are beloved to us leaves us in pain, and we do not understand how to handle it: let go. Letting go of a relationship that has meant everything to us is not a cake walk.

It is tough to even think about losing someone who has given us so much to remember. A person who we wanted to spent our whole life with, the only person whom we were always to rely on, the only person who stood beside us when the rest left us suddenly disappears from our world. Nobody can ever envisage the aching, the agony we would be going through. It would be the time when we feel alone, depressed but each one of us has to undergo this pain some or the other day in our life. When we lose somebody near to us, our world can feel suddenly different and unknown. Without them, we wouldn’t know what to do. 

We start to miss them so much. Even though they are not near, we always carry them in our heart. We may find simple routine tasks nearly impossible to do. On another day we may feel depressed, and the next moment we might be angry toward friends, family, or the world. For some, the experience will be intense, with a quick succession of high and low emotions. But we should always remember that whatever emotion you are feeling is a part of your grieving process.

The hardest part of all to unchain our heart that’s holding on and start to live our life again as nothing has happened at all. At that acute moment, the only thing left with us is the memories of our dear one. These memories work as a ray of sunshine after the storm to bring a smile on our face. Even though it’s meant for a few seconds, we are pleased to have those memories stored. While looking back to the stack of photos, we realise it is the best way of preserving the memories of our dear one. They are the window to our past that was once so beautiful.

The tears flow down while we sit there and attempt to describe that picture. It is probably the most painful memory we have. But whether good or bad, these will only be the things you have with you of your dearly one. There will be so many good moments you shared – It might be the first time you met them, the happy moments you both shared, your marriage, the moments when you fought over silly topics and then try to overcome those fights apologising to each other. These small little moments form a major part of our life through memories.

As we try to move on with our life, we might find that we can think of our loved one and feel happy instead of sad or hurt. Embrace those feelings of joy and happiness, and think of them as the gifts your loved one has provided you. Despite how firm we try, we cannot live in the past nor stay forever in the present. To live, we must move on and look to the future. In spite of several years passing by, the love that we once lost cannot be replaced, as if we have lost a part within us. The aching of that damage stays forever. Still, life goes on, sadly on a different pathway than we assumed. Sometimes it’s the only choice left which becomes the only way to live our life. We need to feel good and live with the memories of a precious one, treasure them and move on in life.