Pause to reassess,
stop and reflect.
Renew enables refresh,
strengthens the mind,
cleanses the soul,
In the aftermath of the day after I experienced a terrible loss, I decided to treat myself to a second consecutive night of a yummy steak burger at Max – supposedly one of the best award winning chain in the world? How could I have missed it out before??
Yes, I finally had money to buy some food. One would have thought it happens only in third world country but when you resort to counting pennies, you suddenly realised the value of money. It’s not the most important thing in the world, but without it, basically you cant survive, unless you start to grow your own food.
Going back to Max, the outlet was along Karl Johannsgata and their design was spacious and comfortable
I have checked my sling bag n times today till I lost count. Everytime after I whipped it out by Bergen 48hr card and flash it either to the person manning the attraction or the bus driver, I will put it in and subsequently within the next 30minutes – unzip my bag and check if it is still there at least three times.
I cannot help it. Having never lost such an almost equivalent value of an iPhone 5 and being usually quite thrifty, it was a big loss. Three days before my big day, on my first lone trip and I lost almost all my valuables. This has never happened before. How should one react?
I found out I was a kind person and realised I am going through an unlucky patch. Good news too that I figured out I will panick only when I have no solutions. And I thought this is it – I will be frugal for the next few months and no more holidays for a while and I will take better care of my belongings. One example will be to peer behind at my seat before I alight – I have only peered one third of my journeys today so I need to work harder.
And by taking care of my belongings, peering into my bag became habitual within a day. Whenever I open my bag, I will automatically check it again. And again. And again. Till the word ‘paranoid’ crept into my mind. Am I? I need to monitor my condition for the next 7 days before I can arrive at a conclusion.
My question to everyone: Has anything like this sort happen to you before and how did you react post-incident?
Have you ever panicked before? And the mind went all blank and broke down not knowing what to do?
While waiting for the arrival of help, I have enclosed myself in the nice hotel room after the loss of my valuables except for the mobile and passport. And surprisingly, I have to pat myself on the back by not panicking throughout the entire process. Ok, I lied. I did panic upon the first discovery that I lost my money and card – aka becoming peniless.
But after panicking, I
If you ever wanted to curse the person who ‘picked up your money pouch and kept for himself’ a horrible end and your conscience tries to persuade you against it by telling you: You were an accomplice in the entire affair and gives you a list of reasons –
1. You were the one who gave him a chance
2. You were the one who was careless.
3. By giving you no alternative to go out, you are preventing another spate of unlucky events.
Of course, your imagination is still hard at work by trying to imagine an accident or something else that happens too. But you try to console yourself with the following:
1. Your mobile might have been lost. Though it’s not, it cant be charged at the moment and it’s running at low batt so to die any moment.
2. Your passport is still with you, so you can still board your flight and your train.
3. You are shrouded in warmth – still in your hotel room and you have a bottle of water so you wont thirst to death while waiting for help.
4. This is a chance for you to build up your survival instincts and to establish more precautionary measures for your next trip.
5. You realise you are stronger than you think you actually are when you didnt break down nor panic as all is not lost and the hotel allows you to make free international calls for help.
6. No further damage is done aside from the cash you withdrew(which is equivalent of someone who lost their iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3 and does not have any insurance cover) and replacement of a couple of cards.
1. You watch the bus you didnt realise you could take to your destination zoom past you at 5+ in the morning.
2. This is followed by watching the bus you wanted to take zoom past you when your hand flagging down the bus came down too early.(or so you think)
3. The fog descended on the morning you are bound for your flight and the flight was delayed by an hour.
4. Upon arrival at your destination airport, the train service terminated when an unknown package was found at a neighbouring station.
5. The airport shuttle bus you had to take instead accepts only credit card and you had to ask for a friendly passenger to pay by card first and you hand over cash.
6. You slipped and fell when trying to cross the road due to the icy patch.(and you have never fell that way before as far as you can remember because you have always been scared of falling and is always alert)
7. You withdrew additional cash thinking it was not enough and you lost your wallet and everything an hour later.
8. Your bank said they cant help you as they do not have a partnering branch in this foreign country.
9. You lost your driving license and the only way you can get it replaced is to return to your home country and pay a replacement fee of 12.50 pounds.(take note: you only return to your home country once every two years)
10. You realised you dont even have any cash to buy food.
11. You decided that the best way is to stay in the hotel room while waiting for cash help arrival.
And throughout the entire event, you remained reasonably calm and realise there is nothing else you can do except to wait. The question is, there are some parts which could be prevented but others no. And the most scary part is when everything combines together and hits you when you are by yourself in a foreign country, it becomes what you would term as an unlucky streak and you wonder how you can end it(proactive?) or when it would end(passive)?
Almost two times three-hundred and sixty five days have passed,
in anticipation I prepare for the trip home,
mixture of excitement and nerves,
two companions nonetheless calms me,
what will be awaiting upon arrival?
Leaving autumn and the cold behind,
arriving to the heat and humidity,
will it be familiar or tinged with unknown?
For sure, family beckons,
home-cooked food and seafood looming ahead.
A holiday homecoming for sure,
looking forward to it.
body relaxes without the call of the alarm.
Walking down unfamiliar streets,
poring over maps,
rivers and hills beckon within reach.
capturing sights of the past to present,
hidden parallels for discovery.
Exploration of the soul,
resting of the body,
Submitted for Thursday Poets Rally Week 65