She was so alone. She was married to her high school sweetheart, but after 20 years had passed, she had begun to feel like a piece of unused furniture in the corner. He just didn’t seem to want her anymore and had begun to tell her so in small ways. Little jabs he would say, especially after a drink or two, that broke her down. She began to blame herself and felt more and more withdrawn.
One day she was taking a walk for some peace of mind – nature seemed to be the only thing to set her mind at ease. As usual she had her MP3 player with her to listen to as she walked on. The music was set to shuffle but this playlist that had taken place was about to open up her eyes. She heard a song called “Words” by Train that told her not to listen to what is said and it was followed by Skillet’s song “It’s Not Me, It’s You” and she had an epiphany.
She suddenly felt a weight lift off her shoulders as the truth came out through songs. She didn’t have to believe what he said, they were just words. And it was not her fault. It was not her; it was him. Her mind was finally clear to the answers. The man she had married was gone. The shell of a man that took his place was growing old and bitter fueled by large amounts of alcohol. Although it hurt, she had to understand that being on her own was better than being dragged down daily.
She packed her bags and began a new life of hope.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – epiphany