24 hours - living eternity
Note before the story :
Mayfly is one of the insects with a life span of 24 Hours. Before it comes out to fly, it remains in egg stage in water for ages and then in larvae stage in water again for a while. At this stage they live in the danger of being eaten by fishes and reptiles. After that stage, they get their wings and begin to fly. They still are in the danger of being caught by fishermen to be used to catch fishes. The Mayfly once out flying, it engages in a mass flying activity in a group, then mates to reproduce. After this it dies. all in a day’s time.
May I Fly ?
I was deposited on a fresh water river stream along with my thousands of brothers & sisters. I was enjoying a happy drift in those tiny water passages and enjoyed those little pats my friends did on me on their passage across me. During the passage I witnessed new members joining us who were deposited on the stones and rocks nearby. I felt their happy cry once they touched the water surface. They felt their purpose of life was solved when they joined us. Our roller coaster ride in the water was a joy ride to begin with until we started realizing that some of our friends started missing. Something inside told me that all is not well. I have to save myself to witness my beautiful future. My conscience told me that there are jumping dragons and swimming devils all around us. Although I am still an infant, I maneuvered my way through those streams with my determined mind. I kept moving and moving with my ever reducing friend’s gang for days together. Over the days I started to become heavy and I was slowly getting inside the water and so were my friends. We started free falling inside the deep waters until we reached the cushion bed filled with green food. We were amazed at the ability to feed ourselves on them. We started getting bigger and bigger.
Once inside the deep waters, life came to a standstill. With a clear mind and with no movements and no fear, I started to visualize who I am. Something inside told me that I am getting ready for a big future, full of joy. Although I was unable to feel my friends nearby, I sensed their vibrations all around. This stage of standstill continued for days and months together. I was realizing that my release from this stage will happen only when I satisfy all the requirements for it. I continued this meditation further. More the time gets delayed in my release the more focused I was on my life after release. I started saving all the energy for my liberation. I started to see my wildest future life with all its colors. I considered that my meditation at this infancy for a happy adulthood is very important.
As I started to feel that fear was a distant dream now, I heard some shocking cries nearby. My fear of those swimming devils started to ignite again. I have been sacrificing more than a year preparing for a wonderful future and now it looks that all of it can disappear anytime. I had to act or I lose everything, I began to scream out at all those flying devils and jumped. I shouted for my people around me not to fear as it is making them weaker. I started to move in all possible directions, shouting as loud as possible. Then suddenly the miracle happened. I started to fly. My wings had developed in no time and so was my total body. I flew above the water, above the land, above the trees, above all. At this instant I knew I was getting ready all this time for this day.
I looked around and I could see all the beautiful colors which I have been seeing in my dreams so far. I saw a beautiful rainbow near the waterfront welcoming me through it. I was smiling with tears running on my cheeks. I heard a huge buzzing sound coming close to me. On turning back, it was the beautiful flight of all my beautiful people who were with me all these days. All of us looked at each other for the first time in the faces and instantly bonded.
We started feeling so much energy inside us as if we don’t need to eat any more for the rest of our life. Maybe that’s why God has not spent much time designing our organs. We felt we have so much to see and we started exploring in all directions. Some wanted to dance and some wanted to sing. When there is so much to enjoy and explore inside and outside you, Heavens will appear.
Just when everything was heavenly, something strange happened. A big net was thrown upon us by some aliens. Those aliens were trying to catch us. Some of the aliens were holding the swimming devil which I used to see during my nightmares. Instantly reality stuck me, our lives are in danger. I started to fly away harder and harder and so were my people. During the flight one of the aliens net hit me hard on my fragile wings. I was losing my balance as well my focus when suddenly I felt a hand holding my damaged wing and enabling me to take control of my flight. The hand was tender but strong enough to hold my balance and integrity. I looked at her eyes and I instantly felt I was born again. She smiled and gave a small pat on my back.
The aliens were not that far from us, we had a long flight to save ourselves but this time there was no fear inside me. My wound didn’t hurt me anymore and I kept feeling the feeling of heaven again. We flew across river, mountains, woods and villages. We reached the culmination spot of our people. It is the place of true liberty. All of our people reach this spot to celebrate their living with great fanfare. They dance their hearts out till their last breath of energy. I joined the dance with her. I entered the dance zone with her and so did everyone with their partners. All started to sing and started to dance. I felt so much rush in the dance zone and I was unable to concentrate on anything. She came close to me, whispered in my ears, “hold my hands and close your mind, you will never get stuck.” I did what she told me. I started to dance, dance more and still more. My eyes were open but my conscience was not. I was shouting but I could not hear anything. I was crying but I did not feel the wetness. I realized “This is Heaven”.
More and more people were joining us when she came close to me and whispered again “It’s time to go “. I could not understand why she said that when we are destined to only dance in our lives. She held my hands and asked “It’s time we do something for the future”. Not able to understand I asked “What”. She pulled me inside the woods and showed me heaven again.
Coming out of the woods, she took me to the nearby river spot which was in total silence. I could see her wet eyes and heavy heart. She held my hands again and said “Our Future will be laid in this river bed “. She kissed me, sobbed in my chest heartily and went towards the water bed. She deposited little beautiful white drops on the water and smiled at them. I was witnessing everything in silence. She lied on the floating water bed and kept looking at me. So was I. I was feeling how come I feel that my purpose of life is finished. I had waited years for my future, I had dreamed them and colored them and today when I am living it, my mind is blank. She kept smiling at me lying there and so was I. Those little white drops glowed brightly as if they were smiling at me. It is hardly the first day of my adulthood and I think I have seen everything and have enjoyed every emotion possible. Maybe these 24 hours is all I needed in my life. I am happy that I lived all 24 hours fully by all ways possible.
Her smile was fading slowly. I went near her. On reaching her, she looked at my damaged wings and said “Lucky You”. Looking back into her eyes I said “Lucky me”.