I was far from perfect. My imperfections overwhelmed me so much that their weight, weighed me down. I hid the pain by boycotting myself from the world and chose the easy world of drugs. They helped me forget and escape, momentarily, till I decided to cure my unhappiness differently.
I figured, if I got active on the social circuit, I wouldn’t have to face myself. So I made an effort to hang out with strangers and friends, hopped from bar to bar all night, but it all gave a hollow and a fake feeling inside. I was still not at peace.
Then one day, I could not take it anymore. I sat on the ground and let my tears dampen it. I understood suddenly that you can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another… you can’t run away from yourself. The relationship that I tried to destroy was the one that would save me in the end… the relationship with my own self.
Today, I am able to embrace my strengths and weaknesses. I am discovering every day that there is beauty in imperfection and every discovery brings me even more joy.
Peace is seeping in…
This post is written for Hemingway this Wednesday at Write Tribe
I chose the quote “You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another” taken from Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises”.
A Drabble is an extremely short work of fiction exactly one hundred words in length. Michael Kent of The Next Big Writer used “Droubble” for a double drabble, a story in exactly 200 words.
November 8, 2013 5:46 pm|
Beautiful, Shilpa. I love that quotation – it’s so true, isn’t it? You’ve done a great job of this!
November 9, 2013 12:25 pm|
Oh yes, this quote is so very true… it resonated with me so much. Thanks a lot, Corinne, glad you liked this piece! 🙂
November 8, 2013 5:54 pm|
Interesting take on the quotation. You have that knack of crafting wonderful stories around themes. Bravo…
November 9, 2013 12:27 pm|
Thanks a lot, V. Glad you liked this story! 🙂 When are you coming out of your hibernation…. we want to read you too! 🙂
November 8, 2013 7:41 pm|
Second post on that quote and truly one of my favourite’s from Hemingway’s It is beautiful… And like always your drabbles make for a great read Shilpa 🙂
November 9, 2013 12:30 pm|
I guess, this is going to the popular quote to explore! I read 2 too on this one 🙂
Thank you Richa 🙂
November 8, 2013 10:24 pm|
“I am discovering every day that there is beauty in imperfection” – Some philosopher at work there, alright 🙂
November 9, 2013 12:32 pm|
Not one, but guess lots of people have said so!! 🙂
November 9, 2013 1:07 am|
There is beauty all around, even in imperfection.Very well said Shilpa, if only we are not blinded by stupid thoughts… Your droubble is fantabulous 🙂
November 9, 2013 12:35 pm|
Very true. Just as Matthew Fox said, if you look closely at a tree you’ll notice its knots and dead branches, just like our bodies. What we learn is that beauty and imperfection go together wonderfully. Thanks Reshma 🙂
November 9, 2013 2:16 am|
Nice post. Reminds me of a quote from Marilyn Monroe.
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring”.
November 9, 2013 12:37 pm|
That’s so very true and cool. Thanks for sharing this wonderful thought, SG 🙂
November 9, 2013 4:34 am|
well said, indeed Shilpa.
Loved your take on this!
November 9, 2013 12:39 pm|
Thanks a lot, Ruchira 🙂
November 9, 2013 6:18 am|
Peace is when you make peace within. Nicely depicted.
November 9, 2013 12:46 pm|
You are bang on. Only when you have deep inner peace you are truly at peace, rest of the things can give happiness only momentarily! Thanks Suzy 🙂
November 9, 2013 7:04 am|
Wow! The quote is very beautifully woven into the story. 🙂
November 9, 2013 12:47 pm|
Thank you, Rekha 🙂
November 9, 2013 9:44 am|
Wow ! beautiful take on the quote!
November 9, 2013 12:47 pm|
Thanks Seena 🙂
November 9, 2013 10:47 am|
Shilpa you have used Hemingway’s beautiful quotation beautifully.!Very appropriate.
November 9, 2013 12:48 pm|
Thank you Ma’am 🙂
November 9, 2013 11:19 am|
You have done an amazing job with this quote. So true the feelings in this are. 🙂 The relationship with self is the most important. 🙂
November 9, 2013 12:52 pm|
Absolutely! The most important relationship to focus on, understand and heal is the one with self. Thanks Jo, glad you liked this story! 🙂
November 9, 2013 2:46 pm|
Lovely narration, and I learnt about a new type: ‘droubble’ 🙂
November 9, 2013 4:58 pm|
Cool! So when are you trying Droubble?? 🙂
November 9, 2013 3:50 pm|
how apt…. do you believe in signs? just when im knee deep in though and totally lost about something, I read three back to back blogs that seem like a sign from above….i can’t run away from myself…it couldn’t have come at a more apt time. Thanks!
November 9, 2013 5:03 pm|
Yes, I do believe in signs!! So, take the message from these signs and act on them fast!! May you find peace and comfort! Hugs S ♥
November 9, 2013 5:24 pm|
Such a meaningul post! You must consider compiling your drabbles and 55ers into a book, shilpa.
November 9, 2013 5:28 pm|
A book out of all these… I guess, I have a long way to go for that! Thanks a ton for the support and the confidence, Asha! Appreciate it a lot! ♥
November 9, 2013 9:07 pm|
V true that Shilpa! The sooner we make peace with who we actually ar, easier it will be for us….
November 9, 2013 10:26 pm|
Well said, Meena… the sooner we make peace with the reality, the sooner we’ll allow our own healing process to begin.
November 9, 2013 9:14 pm|
very beautiful take on the prompt. Peace is within and not outside.
November 9, 2013 10:28 pm|
That’s an absolute truth. Dalai Lama also said the same thing, he said, we can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
November 9, 2013 10:08 pm|
This was the quote that grabbed me too!
And you have used it so beautifully.
November 9, 2013 10:29 pm|
Thanks Pixie. Glad you enjoyed reading this one! 🙂
November 10, 2013 3:07 am|
Those are exactly 100 words? Or was it a double drabble? I am too sleepy to count 🙂
I’m wide awake to get the message though – peace is within you, you just have to look for it. To add to this, I also believe that you have to love yourself to make an effort to go through that process. Otherwise, there isn’t enough motivation.
November 11, 2013 1:44 pm|
LOL Nisha!! 😆 You are sleepy!! It is double drabble… ie 200 words 😀
Well said, guess, seeking peace within and loving yourself should go hand in hand, otherwise, you wouldnt care to seek peace.
November 10, 2013 5:39 pm|
Loved this one. And absolutely true. Facing our challenges are more easier than running away from them.
November 11, 2013 1:48 pm|
True and seeking answers within helps a lot! Thanks Sheethal 🙂
November 12, 2013 11:56 am|
Yes it’s true that the relationship with our own self is one of the most important one. Beautiful take on the prompt.
November 12, 2013 6:07 pm|
Thank you Diana 🙂
November 12, 2013 12:43 pm|
You cant run away from yourself.
It is the weak who run away
November 12, 2013 6:11 pm|
True. You get hit the hardest when trying to run or hide from a problem!!
November 13, 2013 1:13 am|
While drugs and even alcohol will dull the senses, it won’t make the problems go away. You have to look within and find peace there. You have to face that problem head on and deal with it or it will never go away. It will only get worse.
December 21, 2013 5:28 pm|
You are spot on, Kathy! Dealing with the problem is the only way!
November 19, 2013 4:28 am|
Internal peace is the most important. Nice job on the quote!
December 21, 2013 5:28 pm|
Thanks Talya 🙂