Survivor

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


Survivor

The death sentence delivered a year ago by cancer hollowed me empty; I felt nothing. That day I came here, as I have often in my twenty-eight short years. The ancient volcanic rock upon which I sat had witnessed thousands of my lifetimes. I was angry by the insignificance of my life. I needed personal reflection. This magical place offered me a respite. My mind drifted free as I gazed at the splendor of nature, the profound majesty of the emerald-green hills, to simply wonder the destination of the serpentine path mere feet behind me. In this brief freedom, I needed to resolve fighting or surrendering to the disease ravaging my body.

I was raised an orphan landing in foster homes until I was eighteen. Through hard work and driven to make something out of my life, I put myself through college and, at the age of twenty-one, graduated Summa Cum Laud with a degree in Computer Science. I quickly landed my first job at a Fortune 15 Silicon Valley firm. At the geriatric age of twenty-four, I broke free and started my own hi-tech company. By twenty-six, my company went public instantly making me a paper billionaire.

In my blind ambition and a deep-seated need for recognition, I hadn’t time to develop relationships much less friends. So there I sat, a rich, friendless, dying woman, alone. Surely, this was all a dream.

A puff of cool evening air snapped me back to my prehistoric perch. In that instant, I knew I would become the best version of myself giving up the constraints of ambition and redirect my goals to develop life-long relationships. I will NOT lose this battle, NOT without a fight!

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My name is Sara. I received an early birthday present today. I am a survivor!


Submitted: May 26, 2021

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