The following manuscript was submitted to the May 2017 Mental Health Themed Writing Contest.
The waves beat;
a cold, relentless torrent.
You stand against them
taking the impact,
trying not to fall.
You float with them,
but wrought with uncertainty.
At times there is warmth;
A calm in the deluge.
Suddenly the waves engulf you;
You are ten feet under and upside down.
You continue through;
A life’s mission you’ve chosen.
A mission full of Sacrifice and Sadness:
Hope and Unbridled Joy.
A mission that in your darkest underwater moments you question completely.
Are you Good enough? — Smart enough? — Brave enough?
What is enough?
How much can a mission take?
Will you have Ever given Enough?
Can balance be found
in the middle of an onslaught?
When will the pounding give way to calm confidence?
How much can one mind, body and soul take?
More has already been given — and taken — than is conscionable.
Life becomes lived for Moments:
a Quiet moment;
a Loved moment;
a Complete moment.
A Life Saved.
A Thank You.
Light dancing upon the waves.