Human devastation doesn’t always come from situations most known to us.
How far can you really go to prevent your worst nightmare? A story about the beggar who became the chooser.
Tom was looking at the Trafalgar Square while making sure his dog was covered with most of his blanket.
It was cold. He didn’t care. All he cared about was his dog and his book. There, in the middle of all human traffic, a man went close to Tom and whispered ” Just get a job beggar! I’m so tired of seeing selfish, lazy, homeless people! ”
Tom looked at him. He didn’t respond. He’d just remember his previous life.
He remembered that once, he was that guy. Important, surrounded by money, a good way of living. He owned his own company, a very profitable one. Six months ago, he was planning his vacation with his wife and 10-year-old daughter. There wasn’t much to hope for. He pretty much had it all. While planning for his vacation, he got a call from his brother and the lawyer of his company, that a merger that has been planning for months, has been successful. Tom was officially the richest he has ever been. The moment he hung up the phone, he couldn’t wait to tell his wife. The phone rang again. That phone call changed his life forever.
Tom was just informed by the local authorities that his wife and daughter were both killed in a car accident.
He didn’t react. He hung up the phone and just stood there. His phone kept buzzing with work emails, congratulating him on the collaboration. He looked at it and threw it away. His money couldn’t stop his worst nightmare, or change it. He stood up, walked to the closet and slowly started wearing a very old pair of clothes and left the house. The only valuables he kept with him was his watch his wife gave him as a gift and few of his daughter’s favorite books.
He walked to Trafalgar Square, his daughter’s favorite place. He sat next to a store. Staring at his watch, without an ounce of pain in his eyes, he stopped it. He vowed to make it work again, only if he would find a reason to go home.
“It’s funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.”
― Rick Riordan,
Days would pass, one after another, and Tom kept reading his daughter’s favorite books. ” The little Prince ” became his very favorite, Chloe always told him to read it. He would eat whatever they left for him to eat. He based his survival on strangers. One day, a dog approached him and sat next to him, as if he knew him already. Tom gave him most of his blanket and the dog fell asleep beside him.
Tom stopped time and decided to ignore life’s norms, just so he can find the true meaning of (his) life. And he kept reading his book, just to remind himself to not judge a book by its cover. And so, Tom became the chooser, not the beggar.
Dedicated to every Tom from every corner all around the world. Because maybe, the reason Tom chose the ” inevitable ” is not so selfish after all.