The best-laid schemes of mice and men often go awry and they leave us nothing but grief and pain, for the promised joy!
I always wanted to build a sandcastle. I had this dream at the back of my mind that if I ever come near a shore, I will first run straight away to the shore with a hope to build a sandcastle, though at that time I didn’t know how, but in my naivety I was confident that it’s easy to lay a foundation of the castle with the sand because then the rest will follow.
Last winter vacation I went to a beach with my family & coming from the bustling metropolis on a long car journey, I was tired but at the sight of the vast horizon of the sea, I couldn’t contain my excitement, I was so happy to witness the ocean for the first time that I was awestruck, & when I regained my composure, the waves washed over my tired feet, I felt serene and realized what it is like to feel one with the nature. At that moment, unconsciously I sat down on the seashore & soaked my hands in the sand and tried to make something out of it with my cousins. We were overjoyed with the excitement of holding the wet sand that was slipping out of our hands that every time we tried to amass the sufficient sand to make the base, the rising tides washed over our efforts, giggling at our failed attempt, we gave it another shot and again & again before we could puzzle out what were we building, it was swept away by the waves, leaving a tumbled ruin.
Seeing our efforts go astray my mother asked us to leave the ruins because the waves were too high & the sand was too wet for us to build a sandcastle and she asked why shouldn’t we try collecting the seashells instead? Disheartened but excited for yet another adventure with the prospect of collecting something which we could take back with us, as a souvenir was a reasonable bargain so we left the remains of the old forgotten fancy and with this, my dream of building a sandcastle was overshadowed by the enthusiasm of collecting seashells. When I look back and think about that moment, I feel bad that I didn’t persevere but I also remember how CONTINUED IN COMMENTS.. .
QOFD- Do you think we really have free will in the grand scheme of things?