Will I be able to leave behind any footsteps?

During my recent trip, I spent a long time, walking by the shore, watching the sands and soft waves. And I started to think about footsteps on the sand, and how it reminded me of life.

Regardless of how deep I tried to dig my steps, the ocean waves just washed them all away. Gone, just like that. There were no traces of me, no evidence that I have walked over there, just moments ago.

Perhaps, such transience is the beauty of human life.

But it makes me wonder if there could possibly be any ways where I can leave a trace of footsteps on the Earth I’ve walked. I never really liked to be in the center of attention, and rather spend my time watching people. But I suppose it’s nice to be remembered… isn’t it?

When I closed my eyes and felt the waves rolled… I wished that I could make a difference, somehow.

I wish to live, knowing that I have fought a good fight for something worthy. I wish that when I’m gone, there would be hearts that were touched, and footsteps that people can learn from.

Such lofty wish.

And yet… I still haven’t really figure out at which direction I’m going.

//Taken at Nusa Dua beach, Bali.


13 thoughts on “Footsteps”

  1. I would venture to guess that you have touched a few hearts. Mine included. I find it quite sacred to read your posts. You touch my heart simply because you write from yours. I have seldom felt a kinship with another writer but I do with you. Your writing is much like my own.

    1. Thank you so much. That really means a lot. As I write, I do wish that my writing could be the hands that would reach out to others. So to hear that from you, is really, very encouraging. I hope that you too, would to continue to write as well. 🙂

  2. It’s not that the ocean washed your footprints away, it is that they were there (and still are in your memory, and now mine) and the sea took them to her heart. Make some more. In each step you make a difference as you can see. Whether it is a lasting difference is up to you and your memory.

    1. Aww, thankyou. It’s such heartwarming comment! Yeah, I agree with you.. and thanks for reminding me of that! And the image “the sea took them to her heart” is really quite beautiful :’)

  3. Hey,
    That’s a very deep thought you wrote with
    We don’t know where we end, but let’s try and do some good to the world
    Because each one of us is sent on Eartg to do that one thing whoch only we can do and that’s why each of us are important!

    1. Haha yeah.. Honestly, I don’t really know what that “one thing that only I can do” yet though. But I think that the best we can do while figuring out our path and purpose… is simply put our heart in everything we do. And do what is expected of us, and a little bit more 🙂 all the best to you!
      -agh so many ‘do’s in this one comment. Lol

  4. This reminds me of The Fault In Our Stars and I quote “Almost everyone is obsessed with leaving a mark upon the world. Bequeathing legacy. Outlasting death. We all want to be remembered.”

    “I never really liked to be in the center of attention, and rather spend my time watching people.” Hear, hear. Especially when they don’t know someone’s watching them, that’s then you’ll see them the purest, raw. People are the prettiest when their guards are down, no pretentions, just being them.

    And through writing, I believe we can make a difference. It’s why I write, somehow. 

    1. Thanks for sharing the beautiful quote. Yeah, isn’t it humbling to think that everyone is obsessed with bequeathing a legacy? We are just one or two person in the midst of the vast world, full of people who are brilliant in their own ways. And yet, it’s also a very hopeful thought. If all of us are trying to leave a mark and wanted to be remembered for something good… then I reckon that the world would be full of beautiful attempts as we all strive to leave behind something worth remembering. 🙂

      And yeah, I definitely agree when you said that “People are the prettiest when their guards are down, no pretentions, just being them.” Glamours and pretense distracts for a moment. But sincerity touches the heart. ❤

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