It was supposed to be another normal day in his normal life. He got up at 7 am. Left for work by 9 am. He took his usual bus. He got a seat but then he saw her. She was sitting diagonal to him. She looked gorgeous like always. She looked at him but acted like he was a stranger to her. Perhaps he was now. But once, they were more than strangers. So much more than strangers. As he glanced out the window, he couldn’t help but think of those exciting days when they were in love and couldn’t stay away from each other. He remembered their late night phone calls. He remembered how silly they used to act during college lectures. He remembered how they were everything for each other. He remembered how he thought he had found his soul mate. He remembered everything they did. He remembered their nicknames for each other. After all these happy memories, he remembered how she left him to marry a rich guy. He remembered how she forgot about him. He remembered that cruel breakup. He realised how he still didn’t believe in love. She had ruined him. He never trusted anyone after her. He became self-aware about everything he did. BY that time, she got up and stepped out of the bus without giving him as much as a second glance. In that moment, he realised how people can change. Sometimes one moment is enough to change your entire thinking and outlook towards life. Years ago when she left, he was drowning. But now when she left, he had learnt how to swim. At that moment, he was a changed person. In that one moment, he looked forward to his future rather than mourning over his past. Those past wounds were filling up.
(‘Monday Moments’ is a blog series wherein I write about an incident or a moment in a short paragraph. It’s not a story, but just a short description to express and explore the most common joys and also the uncommon miseries.)