Follow your heart

The late afternoon sun poured through the window and fell on the varnished wooden floor in narrow strips. Colouring books and crayons lay across the dusty pink rug where he was propped up on his elbows with his tiny chin resting in his hands, eyes gazing intently at the outlines of farm animal illustrations on the pages. He picked up a crayon and started colouring, first, inside the lines, and then, outside.  

She looked up from her coffee mug at the untidy mess he had made using the colours of his choice. With reckless abandon, he had painted the trees purple, elephants green, and skies pink. He didnโ€™t follow the rules, neither did he bother to stay inside the lines. Yet, this act of his wasnโ€™t a protest or an expression of anger against the set norms. His creative little mind directed him to colour the outlined pictures the way he imagines them and not how he sees them in real life.

But an adultโ€™s mind works differently, she pondered. We rarely follow our heart, we spend our entire lives grudging, complaining about not being able to do the things we wanted to do. Truth is, we are never brave enough to go outside the lines.

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Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding

19 thoughts on “Follow your heart

    1. Thanks, it’s challenging for me to tell a story in just 100/200 words. Therefore, I just pick one moment or a shred of thought and go on describing it. It becomes easier to tell a meaningful/relatable story then.

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      1. Short films are very much in vogue these days and so are the fragmented fictions. I am a fan of these new methods which help in bringing out the subtle and rarely talked about aspects of human lives ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Hey, I have moved to a new city and the new routine has kind of put me in a perennially exhaustive state. Also, the creative dry spell seems to be never-ending. It has left me in the lurch (mentally and emotionally, both ๐Ÿ˜ฆ )


    1. Sadly, not very often. The very act of drawing or coloring outside the lines sounds liberating but also intimidating to some. Many of us are afraid to venture outside, sometimes too much is at stake and the risk is immense.


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