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But a Moment

A momentary splash of colour in a depressingly monochrome world | Random Write #3

Ajinkya Goyal
Apr 4, 2019 · 2 min read

I went on a walk today, as one does. There’s nothing really unusual about that on its own, I often take walks. Sometimes they’re to calm myself down. Sometimes they’re to clear my mind. Sometimes, much like today, I take a walk just because I feel like it.

What was unusual about this walk was that I felt something I hadn’t felt in a very long time. A feeling that I thought I had long-since forgotten how to feel. It only stayed for but a fleeting moment, it was gone just as suddenly as it came, but it came. That was the important bit.

There was nothing different about the way I went about this walk in the slightest. I had my usual playlist set, and earphones locked into my ears. I left the house and began wandering aimlessly about, just like every other time. Only this time, a little while in, I’m not exactly sure when, I felt something for just one moment.

In that one moment, I gave a little skip and a twirl, the lyrics to some song gently floating through my ears. A light breeze wafted my jacket about my sides, and my arms moved triumphantly upwards.

In that one moment, I felt happy. A warm sort of glow overtook me – which I know is something terribly common to say, but clichés are clichés because they are true. There really is no other way to describe it. Every part of my being was full of energy, no longer their otherwise continual tired. My eyes, I’m sure, betrayed a sparkle they hadn’t seen in many-a-moon. Each step was taken with a spring.

That moment soon passed, but that didn’t matter. It had made a memory in my mind – left an imprint, if you will – unlike any other. In that one moment, I knew I would hold onto this joy, this feeling of absolute satisfaction for days, maybe even weeks to come. Beyond that, I know it is unreasonable to hope, but that doesn’t matter, for I have this moment. I have my one moment. And that makes it all the better.

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