The world tipped sideways when they told me the news.
Not good, they said. Very invasive, they said. You should get your things in order. Say your goodbyes. Then they patted my hand and sent me on my way.
I’ve never been one to back down from a fight. When that girl, Tracy, pulled my hair in Grade 2, the teachers had to drag me off of her. Then there was that idiot at a concert who got way too close. I used my elbows to give him a piece of my mind. And apparently telemarketers block my number all by themselves.
So naturally, I fought the invasive bastard that was eating my brain with everything at my disposal. Chemo, radiation, drugs, and eventually surgery. When that didn’t work, I moved on to the alternatives — trying every concoction I could get my hands on.
But this was a fight I couldn’t win.
We all die, but not everyone is confronted with it in such a ruthless way. To see it coming and be powerless to stop it was agonizing. I wanted more time and less pain. I wanted my hair back. I wanted to grow old and be a burden to my children — or at least society. I wanted to return to the days when I still believed I was immortal. But I was helpless. So I raged and I mourned as loudly as I could.
And then, when I had exhausted the depths of my anguish, something new began to grow inside me, like a mystery shimmering just beyond the horizon. There was a door, tucked away at the edges of existence, waiting for me to step through it. I started to realize how little I knew about the universe I belonged to — and my curiosity crept out from under my anguish.
Perhaps this world was finished with me, but as I made my peace, I could hear the universe calling my name. Asking me to come out and play.
This is my submission for this week’s Trifecta challenge. This week’s word is door and the third definition is: a means of access or participation : opportunity <opens new doors> <door to success>.
This week Trifecta is community-judged, so check out some of the other awesome submission then come on back and vote at the end of the week.
Here are the rules:
- Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
- You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
- The word itself needs to be included in your response.
- You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
- Only one entry per writer.
- If your post doesn’t meet our requirements, please leave your link in the comments section, not in the linkz.
- Trifecta is open to everyone. Please join us.
Image credit: The Amazing Planet Saturn / NASA