“Challenge, you say? Of course, I’ll take it up.”
Carefree as she had become, Beth started loving the idea of taking up challenges; both that she took up willingly and the ones that life threw at her.
Challenges, after all, are part of our life cycle. Whether we acknowledge it or not, we grow and learn with them right from the moment we are born. It’s a challenge at every stage, small or big, but it sure is. Just look at each of these moments in our life cycle, that was a challenge, especially when we did it for the first time:
- Planning to conceive a child or becoming a parent (either you are a parent or your parents are, right?)
- Giving birth or adopting or choosing not to have a child. And all the situations around each of these scenarios.
- The first steps, the first ride, the first time going to school, making friends, losing some.
- Education and sports, winning some, losing some, but moving ahead.
- The stressful and sometimes traumatic situations of our lives, going through them, rising above them, sooner or later.
- Career, career changes, business – profits and losses.
- Losing our loved ones or losing out on love, and taking up the challenge to get over with it as life has so much more to offer.
- Ageing, illnesses and fighting to live till the very end.
Cassie, her best friend from school, once gave her the idea of going on a solo Europe trip!
“Can I actually do it, solo travel is so challenging!” said Beth but Cassie knew that she would definitely go!
Cautiously, Beth gave in her papers after working in the same organization for four years, and decided to take a 2-month-break from her career for her dream Europe vacation followed by some more relaxed rime for herself.
Career break was never her plan, but then it was such a bold thing to do, so she did.
Calculations were done, bank accounts were cleared (except leaving some 200 dollars in savings), bookings were made, bags were packed, dreams were hugged and Beth took the flight to Paris… a solo trip sounded so exciting!
Croissants, baguettes, macarons, chocolates, ratatouille, crepes and coffee… Paris is a paradise for foodies and Beth sure did not mind putting on some weight while relishing the delicious treats!
Clearly, she was happy, genuinely happy within a week of her trip.
Chef Jean, who she had started liking, was thanking her for appreciating his cooking skills, when she suddenly felt that terrible sting on her right arm.
Confused after screaming a lot, she could not believe that nothing bit or hit her, even when the chef and many others in the restaurant tried to assure her that nothing happened.
“Can’t you see I am in pain, look at my arm, it’s like the worst sting ever,” she cried and looked at her arm that appeared just fine – no mark, no redness, no swelling, and suddenly no pain.
What happens next? Just wait for the next post, that will start with the letter D. Did you notice that I started each sentence of this post with the letter C! Glad I could do that after the previous post of the letter B.
This is my third post for this year’s A to Z Challenge (#atozchallenge). Head to my previous post thats start with the letter A & B (B is when the story begins; A is not a part of this story but I guess most of you will relate).
I’ll be posting daily except Sundays all through the month. Stay tuned. Read all my posts for the challenge in the A to Z links below: