The ups and downs of life are like the highs and lows of the ocean currents. How blissfully the swimmer enjoys the crest with his companions on a fine Monday morning on the Sunny beach! With smile and excitement on his face, probably he wants to try a new rotation every time. It is blatant that : “He is happy and enjoying those moments”. For a few seconds he forgets that his child is getting late for school and he needs to drop him, he forgets that his boss at office will berate him for turning up behind time, he forgets that he needs to bring medicines for his ailing aunt, he forgets all the other mundane worries of life – and just floats.
But the same tide recedes and takes the swimmer sinking into the ocean when he cannot beat the current. He starts drowning! What was fun for him becomes havoc now. He fights against the tide to save his life, having fear of losing his near and dear ones. It all comes as kaleidoscopic memories. All the precious moments of the yesteryears quickly encompass in one blurred reminiscence. Suddenly he realizes that he needs to let it go, else he won’t be able to focus on the uphill task of fighting against the current. He starts striking back with all the force left; aggregating his physical and mental energies, and releasing it as a unified attack against the current.
He combats and after a tough battle – finds himself lying on the shore with water filled inside his body – making him feel inflated like a balloon. He cannot breathe and signals for help with hope that he will be saved and will return to his home. Soon he catches the attention of the regular beach strollers and they try to rescue his life.
After a few minutes of forceful pumping out of water from his chest, he starts breathing normally and becomes conscious. He is saved! The next morning he finds himself playing soccer with his seven year old son in the backyard of his home, with his wife smiling in all her beauty seeing her husband and son having the time of their lives.
The extraordinary quality to identify here is “Courage” and “Determination”, to fight against all odds. He could have lost his life and would be lying all numb among the coral reefs on the ocean bed if he would have given up – but he ROSE (pun not intended) up and conquered the most grueling battle of his life and emerged victorious. What we need to learn from him is that atrocities will definitely come in our lives and will try to wage a war against our existence. But eventually it all depends upon us : Do we fight back in the best possible way by pushing our limits to the furthest extent? Because in the end “Life isn’t fair to one and all”, so we cannot complain. Rather we should accept it as it comes – not leaving any stone untouched in our efforts.
What makes him notable is that he did not dispel out the news of the lethal event to his family : Seems like he did not want to give them any moments of distress so that they can still continue with their lives happily, joyfully and merrily – as if nothing had happened. True Love, definitely !
P.S. He still takes his son to the beach and teaches him how to swim, he does not want to snatch away his son’s bit of happiness and adventure just because the ocean was not fair to him on one instance. Even now, whenever he goes to the beach, his eyes are always searching – hoping those people who saved his life will visit the beach again so that he can just say “ThankYou” !