Burak, Turkey – Level 3

IRIS.

Over the past years, it has been said many times that your entire life flashes before your eyes when you are about to die. When your heart starts to beat slower than it used to and when the infinite sleep forces you to surrender, your brain is going to play you a tricky game so that you won’t understand that you are dying, so that you will feel comfortable while giving up your last breath. You are going to watch your whole life as a third person. Do you remember the terrible fight you had with your best friend when you were fifteen years old? Do you remember the first time you fell in love? These memories will one day flash before your eyes.

Now, think of your life. Have you been living the life you wanted to live, are you the person you wanted to be when you were a kid? Are you proud of who you are or are you still dreaming about something different? Something bigger? Is this the best you can be? When your life flashes before your eyes, will it be worth watching?

The human life is full of choices. The chance to change your life is in your hands and you have enough time to make yourself proud. Even though people say that life is too short, it is the longest thing you will ever experience. You can decide to be a hero or you can be a coward. One day, you whole existence will flash before your eyes. Make sure it is going to be worth watching.

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“Mommy, what is the universe?” said Iris with her usual perky voice. She was a curious child, always asking questions about everything. And even though she was eight years old, she didn’t ask simple questions, she asked questions about the earth, the space and beyond. Her mother knew that she wasn’t an ordinary child.

“The Universe is basically a huge space that holds everything. From the smallest atoms to the biggest galaxy.” her mother explained. However, Iris wasn’t satisfied. She wanted to learn more, know more.

“How huge is it?” asked Iris.

“We don’t know, sweetheart. Some people say it is infinite.” her mother said and continued to braid Iris’s straight black hair.

“But let me tell you something,” her mother said when she finished braiding her daughter’s hair, “You are made of the universe.” she said. Iris looked into her mother’s bright blue eyes with no clue.

“What do you mean?” she said, curiously.

“Look at your hands; they are made of the same material as the moon. You’ll understand that the universe is full of magic if you think about it.” she said.

Iris thought for a while and then she smiled sweetly. In that moment, her mother could have sworn she saw the sparkle in Iris’s eyes…

 

author: Burak