The Power of Transformation

Photo courtesy of Ellspeth's friend
Photo courtesy of Ellspeth’s friend

Ajay smiled as teacher took their picture. He and several classmates posed together on the beach. Some of the boys mugged for the camera but Ajay stood, arms to his side and smiled politely. He was still gazing at the ocean, transfixed by its beauty. This was his first visit to Mumbai and he wanted to etch every image into his brain. His home village was far from here and he wasn’t sure if he’d ever return. His family was poor and only through the luck of being chosen for this school trip was he able to travel. It was at that moment, there on the beach that Ajay decided poverty was not his destiny. He would be more, do more, transform.

Many years later, sitting exhausted after performing a life-saving heart bypass on a middle-aged man, the memory of his day on that beach came back to him. He smiled.

[This is my entry this week into the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers challenge. A photo prompt is given and writers are encouraged to create a short story of 150 words or less.]



12 thoughts on “The Power of Transformation

  1. Welcome to Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers! We are happy you have joined us and hope you enjoy and will continue! I loved your story. It was wonderful that he turned out to be a famous heart surgeon and that years before he made the decision to rise above poverty and become successful!

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  2. Francesca Smith

    Determination and a drive to achieve are great traits to have, especially when trying to raise oneself from a life of poverty.
    Great take on the prompt.

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  3. Wow this was a moving story. Each word, each sentence, kept me engaged. I love the inspiration, determination, positive attitude, and beautiful images (ocean and his smile). Thank you for writing this piece and sharing it with us. It’s truly amazing.

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  4. I love the idea of that one moment on that beautiful beach shaping the man Ajay would become. The only way out of poverty for him was by working and studying hard to become a great surgeon. His success story is wonderful, as well as inspirational. Very well written.

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    1. Thank you. My stories lately have been taking on a darker tone so I wanted something inspirational for this one. I want to believe that sometimes a single moment in our lives really can transform us. I’m glad you liked it.

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  5. I like to drop by occasionally and leave personal notes for the participants of FFfAW challenge. I am happy that you have joined this challenge and I look forward to reading your future stories – and I know the others do as well. I hope you have a pleasant experience here. Again, thank you and welcome aboard!

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