“Come on mate, don’t get so stressed okay? Everything will be fine.”, Ben tried to comfort me. I stared away from my bed, blankly, gazing outside the window of my cabin in the hospital, a cabin which had become my home for more than two months, finding nothing but emptiness. “Hey, come on – don’t break down so early. You have a long way to go mate. Just let docs operate you.” “Don’t try to give me false assurance Ben. I know you want to relieve me out of stress but sadly it isn’t helping. I know this is incurable and I have got no hope. All I can get is a few more days, hours, minutes than normal.” My voice trembled as I spoke. I knew it was unbelievable to me as well but this was the truth and I had no other choice than accepting it.

Ben buried his face in his hands with a hopeless sigh. He finally rose up and gave a pat on my back and slowly his tall figure with stooping shoulders disappeared from the room. I was left alone. Not alone, but the window of my room was with me. During all these days of loneliness, better to say last days of my life, the window was the one who accompanied me whole day long – rather guarding me from falling into utter darkness. I knew it was nothing unusual – death is a reality just as the Sun rising in the East. Being a bachelor and with an unhappy love life I had no bindings of family as well. But I was sad. I didn’t want to lose the window – the outside world, the world full of joy and life, only a glimpse of which the window gave me.

Suddenly I felt a touch on my feeble hand. I looked up and found Jin standing. I couldn’t believe she would come as we had separated three years back and I hardly had any contact with her for months. She sat down beside me and we both remained silent for long. Ultimately she broke the silence by clearing her throat.

“Why didn’t you tell me Vin?”

“I… Well, I didn’t want you to unnecessarily get bothered about a worthless fellow like me.”

“You really believe that I think about you on that line?”

“I don’t think anything. I just don’t care anymore about anything. I have come alone in this world and go away alone as well. I have no grudges against you or anyone in this world. All I want to remember now is the good things that happened in my rotten life – and I must say most of them are centered around you.”

A drop of tear rolled down from the corner of my eye as I uttered those words. Jin leaned on my shoulder and started weeping silently but uncontrollably. I just couldn’t say anything – it seemed that the thought of approaching death was detaching me from all the worldly ties I had – whatever left of it. I knew I had a subconscious pain buried inside me regarding Jin – but all was passing by when I saw her sorry for all that happened. I was feeling a strange sense of relief – feeling like a free bird.

I looked at the window. It seemed it was smiling at me too, saying, “Look, you were afraid of losing happiness because you always wanted it! Now that you have got happiness from inside – do you fear anymore?” Strangely enough, my fear was disappearing little by little as well. The more I felt satisfied, the more I was feeling complete. To let go all the grudges, pain was filling my heart with an inexplicable satisfaction.

Meanwhile Jin composed herself and found me staring at the window again. She held my hand firmly and said with a firm voice, “I am not going to lose you again Vin.” I was shocked to hear that. I was overjoyed and in utter dismay at the same time. Her words again brought back the feeling of dilemma – dilemma of losing the inner happiness of renouncing all worldly ties vs the worldly happiness of getting tied. I was again stuck at the same question – renunciation or hope, which one to rely? Jin was holding me back here and it seemed I was falling into the worldly dismay again. I just couldn’t give up the “hope” – “hope” to find happiness with the person I love, “hope” to live more in this world.


22 thoughts on “The Futile Hope

  1. I missed you too Mum, really.. 😊😊
    I am actually ending the story right here.. This was all about the conflict one is facing and i just wanted to show how difficult it is to accept the renunciation for a common person like us. What can happen afterwards – i have given my readers the entire liberty to think of that… 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Glad to know that you liked it.. Thanks 😊😊 I missed my blogger friends too – seems finally i will be more regular in writing.. 😊😊

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Thanks!! It’s so nice to know that I have blogger friends here who miss me – it means my scribbles have got some effect on my readers 😊😊

    Liked by 1 person

  4. You may have a half written reply already, it suddenly disappeared from the screen! Just delete it. I got the impression that you personally have been experiencing an emotional crisis. I’m so sorry if that’s the case. The happy ending was one for you to feel better. Don’t forget you have friends on here and all of us willing to give support. πŸ˜€

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Ah.. well fortunately or unfortunately, I am still not experiencing any deadly situation – but I am seeing one of my relatives who is in a very high risk zone. Moreover I saw my grandma’s death very recently and this has made a strong impression in my mind. About the other thing – yes it’s my own experience. I have accepted it though – but yes some things can’t be deleted totally 😊😊
    Well imaginations do have their roots in practical experiences, don’t they? 😊


  6. Well I saw the comment just after I replied to 1st one πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
    It’s so nice to know that I have got such nice persons like you here who is always willing to support.. 😊😊
    Well we all have problems and I don’t want to be a crybaby for being in problem. I follow one rule, whatever happens – I have to move on.. 😊😊

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Yes sometimes they do Nemo. Births, deaths all part of the circle of life. Everything in life and death is meant to be. There are times though when we cannot see the reason why. Keep your head up Nemo, keep looking forward, don’t look back. Thinking of you , take care

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Very true indeed. We can’t really see the reason and looking back is always painful. But yes, forward is life – truly.
    Thank you so much for your support. Now I am pretty used to the bumpy road of my life – never expect something very good. I am always a bit unlucky πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

    Liked by 1 person

  9. I do try to always be positive.. But sometimes frustration does grasp me tightly. And all these I deal alone.. I don’t like complaining about my silly frustrations πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    Liked by 1 person

  10. This post is very touching. I feel like we chase an unrealistic image of happiness thereby ignoring the little things that bring us happiness. I like your willingness to move on, that indicates strength.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s