The sky is everywhere


Julia Lhen M. Hobayan

Another day, another life. I’m on my way to school for my evening class and didn’t have enough sleep last night so I feel like a walking zombie. As I ride the LRT to school, I closed my eyes as I feel the calmness of the ride because it is not full of people. Good weather plus good music in my ear (because i was listening to my phone’s music by the way) plus a very cloudy weather is very much ideal to imagine and feel life’s goodness. As i close my eyes, I started to ride my own beam of light going to the one place that I would really want to be in right now: Santorini, Greece.

My beam of light is ocean-colored so it fits where I’m heading. It is my means of transportation from Philippines to Greece so I imagined myself riding the airplane from here, then going down to Dubai for a connecting flight to Europe. It feels really good to ride the airplane because it was my first time!

I arrived at my destination and my jaw dropped on the floor. It is way mor beautiful in person than what I see in pictures! I cannot believe that a place like this actually exists. I feel like crying as I walk around the place before entering the place that I reserved. As soon as I put my things on my personal room, I went out immediately and started to admire the place. The air was so fresh compared to where I live, I just want to live here for good. I walked by the beach and admire the beauty God has given all of us. I enjoyed myself too much that I sat down by the seashore to digest everything. That’s when I started wondering about how perfect my view is, and how perfect God has made everything. I looked on the ocean so blue and so clean and thought to myself that it is such a blessing to see a wonderful place like this.

I love the ocean, i really do. Although I’m not a swimmer, I really love being near the ocean. It makes me feel calm and collected. Like my life is perfect just like how it is. As I look far away, I started to imagine how everything in front of my eyes was made. I, then, thought of swimming through the ocean until I reach the end of it, because ever since I was little, it was a beautiful mystery to me where does the ocean end. And up to now I’m still curious although I already know the answer: the earth is round. Many thoughts raised in my mind as I watch the birds fly freely above the cold ocean water. I love how free the birds are.

I was about to swim into the calmness of Santorini Greece’s water when suddenly I woke up and almost near to Legarda station. Seeing the familiar place of Manila, i just wanted to close my eyes and continue the daydream and allow it to swallow me whole. But what can I do, this is reality. I have to wake up and live today. Because of what I daydreamed, i promised myself to do better in my studies and graduate college to have a good and stable job. In that way, I will save up money and make my daydream come to life!

To end my daydream in a positive outcome, I just think of the fact that Greece and where I am right now is just another the same sky.

(My short story in replacement for the entry on the contest because I won’t be joining.)