Safe Place

One of my fondest childhood memories is going for walk with my dad on the terrace. It was usually after dinner, on weekends. We used to talk about anything and everything. I used to ask him all sorts of childish questions, going on and on about my week. My favourite part of this was when we would sit in our spot and look at the stars. He used to get all silent at this point and just gaze at the sky, while me being a chatterbox, used to keep on babbling. There used to be some lucky days for him though, when I would behave like a good girl and quietly enjoy the mesmerizing view with him. But this was always followed by his lecture on life principles to me, so I rarely let this happen (I was smart, duh!).

I still love looking at the stars, getting lost in the vastness of the starry sky and feeling like a child again. Whenever I find myself in dilemma or “life happens”, this is where I turn to and pout. When life overwhelms, I seek comfort in this familiarity and find balance again. I have had quite a few epiphanies brooding under the stars. I have learned that deep down, we always know the answers to our problems and the right thing to do, but this comes only after sincere introspection. On a serious note though, I would really like to hope here that I look as cute as that kid from kuch kuch Hota Hai who used to count stars, when I stare open-mouthed at the sky.

Life is full of ups and downs. It gets messier as we grow up. To all those who are struggling, remember that this is not permanent. Difficult times and situations change us as much as good times do. Everybody has their own way of dealing with loss, hurt and happiness. We cannot change what is not in our hands, but we can learn to accept it and move on. One of my most favourite concepts from Harry Potter universe is the Patronus Charm. The way to produce a Patronus is to think of a happy memory, let it fill you completely, and you can keep the dementors away. (For all the muggles out there, dementors are foul creatures who feed on happiness, thus generating feelings of sadness and despair). This stargazing is my happy memory, a safe place. We all have our safe places, memories. Instead of negativity, let’s allow the happy memories to consume us to chase away the dementors. As Dumbledore says-

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

P.S. Albus Dumbledore is the greatest sorcerer in the world. End of discussion.


6 thoughts on “Safe Place

  1. It’s beautiful ❤️Thank you for this little dose of hopefulness… You should actually write more often to give us this little happiness 🤩❤️

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