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SOLITARY BLISS
BY PATRICK KHRISTIAN

I don’t always appreciate the warm embraces of my parents and those who are closest to me. When I do, it’s probably just before I leave. Thing is, I’ve been in my nest for all my life; surrounded by those who love me. So, when I got accepted in Australia for university, I started thinking about life on my own. The thing that scares me the most, is the fact, that I will be flying on my own. I’ll be facing the storms and the harsh winds alone.

I’ll be distant from the safe reaches of what I call home. My wings are probably all I have supporting me and it’ll be a long journey. That solitary feeling in the open air; with everywhere to go and everywhere to fall. The horizon I am faced with will provide me with so much opportunities and possibilities, but that in itself is endless; and I won’t know how long I’ll last.

But when I confided my fear in those I love; there was something about their looks and smiles that wordlessly told me; that even in the vast horizon and inevitable raging winds, even when I see nothing and no one around me, when the warmth of embraces become cold in the far, it is their love that envelopes the whole atmosphere: Wherever I find myself; it will not be too far for their love.

Yes, there will be fears; they are a proof of illusionary normality. They tell us that we’re alive and sane. But there will also be love. The same ones you feel nearby will not change in the distance and reticence.

And as we all know: Love overcomes fear, anytime, anywhere.