Story: Wonder

Not too long ago in a galaxy not too far away, a young boy lived in a small spaceship. Now, this spaceship was a very little, quiet spaceship. Every day was like the one before, and it was filled with little people who always came together to celebrate the joyous events of life. The young boy, who goes by the name of Joseph but for the sake of space, let’s call him J. So J short for Joseph, has never been satisfied with his provincial life. He’s just not happy, not happy with the life he’s led and he’s stuck because he’s scared of never being able to find himself. “A bird born in a cage think flying is an illness” Alejandro Jodorowsky

Now, J wasn’t always this unhappy. He onced lived a life of stability. He had everything his heart desired and life was perfect. And so it seemed. What was suppose to be another normal day on the spaceship turned out to be the worst day J had ever experienced. And it was from this day that turned J’s small world upside down. You see, J had this golden locket that before his father passed, gave it to J as a token of his remembrance. He loved his father dearly and in this golden locket, he carried the world. It was the sun, the ocean, the air and the hope that after his father was no longer there, the world would still turn. And so when the golden locket was nowhere to be found, the whole world went dark. “Suddenly she realized that what she was regretting was not the lost past but the lost future, not what had not been but what would never be” – F. Fitzgerald

For two years, J lived without the warmth of the sun, the freedom of the ocean, the fullness of air and most importantly, without the spirit of hope. You can just imagine how grey his world was. The worst kind of loneliness is the loneliness that lies within yourself. J was a stranger to his own thoughts and even became distant to his own perception of who he was as a person. As I said earlier, J was a young boy and even though he felt that his life was coming to an end, it was only just getting started. And so it had. After another long day of work, J collapsed in bed feeling indifferent to his surroundings. He felt nothing and he didn’t care. He grew accustomed to the nothingness and frankly, preferred the silence in his head. He turned and looked out of the only window in his room. It was a tiny window, his whole face barely fitting into the frame but still, the whole universe was visible. From the window, was his escape from reality. “The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature” – Joseph Campbell

It was his favorite thing now, to be able to come back to his little cabinet at the end of the day and dream beside the window. But this night was different from the rest. J was looking out his window when he spotted something he’s never seen before. He pulled out his leather brown journal where he had created a little encyclopedia of all the constellations, moons and planets that he came across. There was nothing that matched what he was right in front of him. It was a small form of mass, almost crystal-like and shined the most beautiful color of pink sapphire. A pink crystal. PC is what he’ll call it. PC fascinated J because as mentioned before, he has never seen anything like it. It was almost like PC was aware of his discovery of it for it began to float closer and closer to his window. It was strange but for some reason, J didn’t feel scared. “Respond to every call that excites the spirit” – Rumi

This new wonder gave J a spark of warmth that he has not felt in a long time. In an instant, he felt bigger and lighter. J wanted to know more, he wanted to uncover the secrets of his world. He no longer wanted to ignore or dismiss his thoughts but to challenge them in a new perspective. He looked at PC and took in all of her wonderfulness, accepting the gift of wonder that J knew he needed. Even if he didn’t know what to make of his life yet, he knew that he needed to keep going. PC had given J his light back and now his world was growing again. “I can not thank the universe enough for putting us together”, J whispered as PC started to grow fainter and disperse into the cosmos.

As the next days go by, J became much happier. He looked at his life with more positivity and found himself reaching out to do good deeds. He slowly realized that all he wanted to do in this life was to be a good man and to grow lighter and bigger with each passing day. And it is in himself, that is the sun, the ocean, the air, and the hope that there is a future that is filled of love and happiness. Because at the end of each life, it is pure wonder that keeps the world turning.



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