Ends of the World

I set out to travel to the ends of the world.  My friends joined but soon turned back.  It was an arduous trip.  On the final road was a sign compelling me to stop.  I continued.  Around the bend, a wizened old man sat beside the road.

He said, “You have a choice.  Return to any point in your life and live from there onwards.  Or, return back and continue your journey as it has been.”

Moments in my life flashed before me.  Ones with heartfelt feelings of regret, pain, or joy replayed in slow motion.

“Choose!” the old man said.

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“Friday Fictioneers” is a weekly challenge by Rochelle Wisoff Fields.  The challenge is to write a story, using only 100 words, in response to a photo prompt.  It has been a lot of fun to join in with this fantastic and encouraging group of writers!  This week’s beautiful photo was taken by Bjorn Rudberg.  If you would like to read other stories, click HERE.

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38 Comments Add yours

  1. Indeed a lesson and thrilling post

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    1. Thank you for reading and your encouraging comment! =)

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  2. That makeshift sign is everything

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  3. draliman says:

    Oh boy, not a choice I’d like to have to make. For most I suspect the temptation to go back would be too great…

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    1. For sure, but it’s complicated. Would I be able to change anything or would I really want to because if I did what would that change down the road? =) Thanks for commenting!

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    Tough choice, but then regrets and choices are what make us who we are. Well done.

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    1. Very true, we are wonderfully complicated creatures. Thank you for commenting! =)

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  5. Sandra says:

    Such an interesting concept. I’m not sure what I would do.

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    1. Thank you! I agree, I go back and forth, not sure either. =)

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  6. jillyfunnell says:

    Such an imaginative idea. It would take more than a few moments to make that choice. Well done.

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    1. Thank you so much! A difficult decision for sure. =)

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  7. Oooh, that’s a tough choice, one never knows where one thread will lead to.

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    1. For sure! It is interesting to ponder, the decisions we have made and how our lives would be changed if we were to have chosen another way. =)

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  8. Dear Brenda,

    Life is full of choices, isn’t it? Well done. Given this choice, I wonder where I would go back to. For as much as we say, “If I had it to do over again…,” should we? Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks so much, Rochelle! I don’t know either, it’s interesting to ponder though. It is a good question … “should we?” =)

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  9. granonine says:

    A tough choice, indeed. Don’t know what I would do.

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    1. For sure! Thank you for commenting. =)

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  10. Dahlia says:

    A tough call but I think I would continue on my present journey 🙂

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    1. A tough call indeed. Thank you for letting me know your inclination. 🙂

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  11. Dale says:

    Wow, Brenda. I seriously wonder what I would choose.
    I can’t even imagine not living through some of the things I have.
    Excellent piece, here.

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    1. I agree. Even the difficult bits of life which at times I’ve wished to avoid, in the end, I might not want to because of the ultimate outcome. It’s tricky. If I could choose to do something over, would it lead to where I am today, having learned what I’ve learned and with the people I love around me? Hmmm….

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      1. Dale says:

        Hmmmm indeed!

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  12. aFrankAngle says:

    Oh yes … the choices in life that people really want but probably shouldn’t take because it would be more difficult.

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    1. Very true, Frank. The shouldn’t’s of life. =)

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  13. I love this… leaving me with that question. I think it should learn us not trying to change anything, but for many it would be tempting.

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    1. It would be tempting indeed! I’m so glad you enjoyed the story and it left you wondering. Success! =)

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  14. lisarey1990 says:

    That would be a difficult decision especially if someone you loved died and you wanted to see them again. A very thought-provoking story.

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    1. I hadn’t thought about that. Thank you for commenting!

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  15. Moon says:

    Excellent take on the prompt and great writing.

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    1. Thank you so much, Moon!

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  16. Norma says:

    A well written piece, Brenda.

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    1. Thank you so much, Norma! =)

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  17. Susan says:

    i don’t know how many times i wish i could start over. But given the choice… i am not sure what i would do. Well done!

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    1. Thank you, Susan! It would be a tough decision because of all the possible variables and the limited amount of time to choose. Thanks for commenting. =)

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