How a Girl Taught Me a Lesson in Happiness

A few months ago, I was working on a company project that promised better financial security for my family. Although it was a success, but it had cost me so much. My life was one hell of a stressful ride. I became irritable for even the most trivial things, and my loved ones had to bear with my tirades. The project huge rewards, yes, but it also meant having no time for myself. How I look at life changed while I was on vacation in one of the hotels in Benidorm on the beach near the Playa de Levante beach.

One day, I was relaxing on the beach all by myself. The beach was deserted, save for a few joggers. The serenity was broken only by the soft murmur of fellow sunbathers and the occasional jogger who ground the sand with his boots. It was indeed a beautiful day, but little did I know that the day would be a life-changing one for me.

“Hello, is this space taken? I’d like it here because of the breeze,” a sweet voice asked. I squinted upwards, meaning to take a look at where the voice was coming from. The face that looked back down at me was a sight to behold.

She had the prettiest face that I ever saw. She has a crown of radiant, platinum blond hair that gleamed in the summer sun. She was very small, standing over a little more than 5 feet. Her blue biking matching the blue in her eyes and the summer sky. But what got my heart beating was her beautiful smile. What was very enchangting with her smile was the dimples forming dents just below her slightly freckled cheeks. I was mesmerized for a few moments, but it seemed to be an eternity.

I managed to stutter a reply, telling her she can have the space. She again managed to flash that radiant smile at me, before laying her towel down on the sand. For a few minutes, I could not talk. Beside me was what I thought to be the most beautiful girl in the world. Taking a peek at her, I tried to memorise her every line and curve.

Attempting to start a conversation with the mysterious girl, I asked, “So, are you here for a vacation?”

“Yes and no. It’s my last day of work in that hotel there,” she explained and pointed at another beach hotel. “Tomorrow, I’m leaving for Scotland.”

“Ah, so you’ll be working in Edinburgh?”

“I haven’t any idea,” she said with a sparkle in her eyes. “I’ve only read about the city in the Internet. I don’t even know anybody there. Perhaps I can apply as a guide to one of the tour companies there. Or I can substantiate myself there by being a hotel maid. But, whatever is waiting for me, I’m very excited.”

I looked at her, utterly in disbelief over the girl’s courage at her young age. “So you just decided to pack up? Edinburgh or Scotland is an unknown for you, I suppose?”

She smiled. “Of course. But do we really know anything” No, we don’t. Life’s all about exploring and risking to find what makes you happy. Some day, I will leave this world just like anybody. And it would be such a waste of happiness if I let my fears and doubts cloud over something that could potentially make me happy.?

I became dumbstruck. Her words were nothing but true. People, including me, are just too immersed in securing themselves that their personal tasks for happiness takes the backstage.

She excused herself after a couple of minutes and walked to another part of the beach. I never saw her again or even knew her name, but that mystical beautiful, smart girl taught me a great lesson of a satisfaction guaranteed life.

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