The low and dark clouds swooped in the skyline and within seconds the heavens rained down upon one and all, soaking everybody in its cold embrace. Some students ran towards the department seeking shelter, and most let the rain engulf them. This was more than a pleasant surprise because only a few minutes ago it looked as if it was going to be a long and hard summer.
My friends and I huddled together on the corridor floor, and marveled at the sudden change in climate.
“It’s so weird how the weather changes in an instant.” said Maryaum, looking out through the window.
“And people also change just like the weather,” I whispered to myself, and everyone looked at me as if I had said something peculiar. “Oh come on guys. Hashtag Feeling Philosophical.”
Rabeea added with a scornful tone, “Well to be honest, people change more quickly than the weather. The weather changes because it has to, it’s what it is supposed to do; but people – being selfish jerks – change their colors whenever they feel like it.”
Right then Aneeza – probably the most mature one among us – also spoke up, “Change is life. Us humans, we are supposed to change to get accommodated to our surroundings. “Nothing lasts forever”: this is the principle of life. Otherwise you can’t move on to anything better. Even stagnant water stinks.”
We stayed quiet for a few seconds, staring at the pouring rain. I asked something about an assignment to change the sullen mood and all of them started to discuss on the different topics suitable for the project, but I just sat there, thinking quietly on who I should agree with. Is change really that bad? Or is it a necessity? The answer is that they both were correct, because it all depends on the “WHY?”
Everyone’s reasons for changing may vary, and that is where the difference between selfishness and necessity lies. Was the heartache too much to bear? Did that person you loved the most trample all over your trust? Did your circumstances took the wrong turn and forced you into questioning everything you ever believed in? Did you find someone better and got bored of your choices? Are you just self-centered? Or did something happen to you that killed that sense of compassion inside you? Are you content with your life? Or do you want something more? People will always judge you for your choices – I’ve heard many great and terrible things for myself from a lot of people – but deep inside yourself, you know the reasons. I know mine, and I’m happy with the changes I’ve made. Does that make me a bad person, or a good one, you’ll never know. You can only judge me, but that doesn’t matter. 🙂
Day 12’s Prompt: Write a post inspired by a real-world conversation.
We don’t write in a bubble — we write in the world, and what we say is influenced by our experiences. Today, take a cue from something you’ve overheard and write a post inspired by a real-life conversation. Revisit a time when you wish you’d spoken up, reminisce about an important conversation that will always stick with you, or tune in to a conversation happening around you right now and write your reaction.
For this assignment I decided to drop the twist (“include an element of foreshadowing“) and tuned into a conversation happening around me (I love my best friends, I have the best time with them). The conversations that did carry an element of foreshadowing were too personal to me and today I didn’t want to relive those memories (because I’m just too occupied nowadays and I don’t want to delve into anything emotionally stressful). Anyway I’m back with a three day late assignment 😀 Apologies again 😦