Temet nosce

“I am not exactly looking for a commitment at the moment.”

“Congratulations, Jules said you got the job. When do you start?”

The skyline danced to the mesmerizing tune of rippling waves. 

Its solid structures less intimidating with each motion, more accommodating, more endearing, best to remember it was a reflection.

“I heard Sam just finished his masters, that boy is ambitious.”

“You still live in that apartment?”

The bridge neither cared for the commuters speed nor the rumbling of the sea.

It stood firm, solid in the knowledge of its role. .

“You split from your girlfriend again?”

“Don’t you think it’s time you settled down.?”

The barricade kept him safe.

Letting him soak up the view, delighting in its calming effect, safe from any disaster.

They thought he was ready, they thought he wasn’t ambitious.

He knew he was, he knew he wasn’t.

He smiled, no matter how much a sailor loves the ocean if he can’t swim, he had better not jump in.

Copyright Barbara Taylor.

In response to the writing challenge flash fiction for aspiring writers hosted by Priceless Joy click on the link to visit the blog. The photograph is from Barbara Taylor (interesting photo can’t wait to see all the stories it inspires) and the challenge is to write a 100 – 150 words (+/- 25 words) story inspired by it. Do click on the link for other stories.


27 thoughts on “Temet nosce

    1. You’re welcome.
      Most times people feel like they know us better than we know ourselves. Sometimes it’s true but it’s important we see that self they see before following the direction they point in.

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      1. So true. This reminds me of a quote I read from a book,

        “Sometimes people think they know you. They know a few facts about you, and they piece you together in a way that makes sense to them. And if you don’t know yourself very well, you might even believe that they are right. But the truth is, that isn’t you. That isn’t you at all.”

        ~I do hope we don’t get lost amidst those versions of ourselves people are trying to make. ^^

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  1. Hmmm… The mental battle that external validation brings. Sometimes, it’s best to do things at one’s own pace.

    The people who are quick to judge when one fails to swim are the same ones who will judge even more harshly when one starts to sink. 😀

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    1. Very true my dear, whichever way you go someone is bound to get the wrong idea, feel or reaction. Thus you are better off making the choice best for you and those you believe should matter at that time and place.
      How have you been? Looooong time, no read/see.

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