‘Such a wonderful day I had experienced not for a long time indeed, so long that I’d actually forgotten what it felt like to have such a good day. Tensions and workload at work were at an all-time high, trouble with the girlfriend had now become difficult to restrict to a couple of times daily, the accident had rendered the car and self both in the workshop, friends had moved on; a lot had happened in the past couple of years.” thought Gekas.
Gekas was on the first day of his first holiday in eight years, an achievement he was the first employee to receive in the firm. Today, he felt no pressure, balance sheets didn’t depend on his detailing, the stocks wouldn’t take a hit. He also felt a huge emptiness inside of him. Never in the past five years had he experienced so much free time in hand. Work had become his life lately. Apart from work and his girlfriend, he had virtually no other social interaction.
This day he decided to spend at the beach. The sea where as a child he spent the bulk of his time, had been avoided over the past decade. The sea always had the ability to bring out the child within him, this was also the reason he avoided it. The sea also had this uncanny ability to make him fall sick, and hence had been avoided as far as possible. Today though the weather was warm, a light breeze blew by him, there were just the right types of clouds and number as well. The sun was playing hide and seek ensuring that even when out, the temperature did not increase drastically. This was good, especially when he had decided to spend his vacation here.
He sat there staring into the vast expanse, feeling tiny and soaking up the atmosphere. Children were playing, building sand castles, pretty girls were sunbathing, well so were a significant number of others who he cared little about. Athletes were training, dogs having fun, and families out on picnics, then there were the surfers, the bunch who always looked good no matter what; even if a wave had just totally decimated their style! He had missed so much all these years, the sun on his face, the light breeze, took him to a different place, a different age altogether.
He was no longer seated, he was walking ahead, there was someone with him though, hand in hand. He looked at here and smiled, she smiled back, but who was she?? And how long ago was this? He felt younger; a good ten years, life seemed to be oozing out of every minute part of his body – resembling a temple of constant activity. The internal energy radiated and so did the happiness, a happiness one could experience only when he was carefree, this was Gekas alright, but one who most people did not recognize.
What had changed then to make this happy, energy bundle a dull, monotonous, lifeless soul, one that had by now achieved machine status! Who was the person with him who seemed to share synonymous emotions, and where were they now?
Gekas stood up, dusting the sand off his hands and clothing, he proceeded towards the sea, the only thing that both frightened and endeared him both at the same time. He looked up at the sky, he hadn’t realized the passage of time. It was sunset already, the sky turned orange and other hues, the air-crafts had left a wonderful pattern in the sky, streams of white criss-crossing each other at frequent intervals, he counted 12 such intersections visible to him, many more unseen. He sat down again, then lay down, flat on his back, looking at the spectacle above that only nature could give, and listened to the sea grunt and roar from time to time. It consumed him like nothing else could, he was lost in trance, spinning away, the smile on his face widening. The holidays were already worth it.
It was funny how in the past decade he had underestimated the power of nature, being one with it; no amount of money could buy that, the sense of calm and relief that could be derived from plunging into nature. The joints he’d smoked up over the years in an attempt to calm his nerves had failed miserably in comparison to today, why then did he ever depend on them?