Description : Healed
There’s an albatross and a butterfly sitting on a tree branch. And they’re whispering, laughing, and chatting voraciously. I’m staring at them wanting to be a part of the conversation. But they can’t see me. They can’t see me because I’m hidden in a hole in the wall. And there’s a wide expanse of ocean between us. I feel afraid because I can see that the branch is about to crack. But the albatross and the butterfly are having such a good time they don’t notice. And I try to scream out, “Go back in, go back to the tree, get off of the branch.” But no words areing out of my mouth. And then water startsing in my hole. And it starts rising. And all I can think about is the branch cracking. And I’m trying to scream to warn them, but no soundes out. And the water keeps rising. And then I hear the crack and I close my eyes. This is it, I think. This is it.
But suddenly I feel myself gaining consciousness again. I’m no longer in the dream. I didn’t die. It wasn’t me who died.
10 seconds. That’s how long it took for my world to fall apart. 10 agonizing seconds. Some people say that your life can change in a moment. It can be faster than a blink of the eye. One second, everything is fine—you’re going along your merry way, satisfied in the minutiae of your life; even if you’re not exactly pumped or overwhelmed, you still exist. Your heart still pumps and your brain keeps thinking and you just continue as you are.
That state of mind can also be known as barely existing. Because that is what it is for most of us. But any kind of existing gives us peace of mind. Well, that peace of mind can disappear in a second. Or 10 seconds. I know that now. Sometimes everything you’ve ever thought was...