“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced” ~ Søren Kierkegaard

A black winter coat casually dangling from her arms, announcing the movement from the snow cold to the hot sunshine, as she walked through the airport gates welcomed by the heat, a long-time friend lost with the miles.

On her side her companion, Hope, carried himself lightly with a small suitcase which had only two items neatly tucked in, brightness and positivity.

Thoughts echoed loudly in that airport terminal, of which Hope answered wisely It will all be alright.

“But who knows what will I do next? Can I still choose the same path? Why do I feel wronged? Why do they not see who I am not what they want to see?”

He instructed: Hold on to the candle. No no don’t blow it. Hold it near so you can see your way. Oh gosh, ok use this flashlight. No you need to turn the switch on to make it work. No no don’t turn it off. It will all be alright.

“I live in a world where two truths coexist: where both hell and hope lie in the palm of my hand” ~ Alice Sebold

Her dark denim peeked through her black abaya, challenging the hypocrite rumble around her. She held her abaya as she walked, covering the west to coincide with the east of her life, making peace with traditions and freedom, curiosity and conduct.

The two sides of the worlds are fighting inside her.

Her roots and her branches,

The known norms and her set of references,

To follow the ancient plan against her own new one,

To pretend to be part of the pack or to show her true colours,

To mingle courteously or to rise triumphantly.

Either way, it will all be alright, her Hope assured her as always; a candle extended to her: Hold on to the candle. No no don’t blow it. Hold it near so you can see your way. Oh gosh, ok use this flashlight. No you need to turn the switch on to make it work. No no don’t turn it off. It will all be alright.

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”  ~  Anne Frank

I am blessed to have more than one candle in my life, lighting my path.

 

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