A quite-recent-dear person to me asked yesterday when my last breathtaking moment was. Quite a tricky question since a flash of so many breathtaking moments rushed by my mind and heart.
One single emotion and yet, taken and felt in various ways. The causes are also varied. For some, a small gesture is enough. A look, a smile. To others, a sight, a touch. To some, it takes big actions or physical demonstrations.
It all comes down to this one sensation that, although quick and sudden, lasts for a life time in our memories. The term “butterflies in the stomach” was, in my opinion, created by child: it is creative, innocent and so perfect as a description to the sensation. I can make a list of breathtaking moments, but I’ll try to narrow it down to 5:
– Every time I visit my 5 lovely nieces who live overseas and see their eyes glowing when I show up at the airport gate (it sweeps me off my feet);
– Stand in front of the Grand Canyon and thank God for my sight;
– Be one of the first visitors of that day to enter the amazing Machu Picchu mountain…
– Have had the guts to quit it all here and go to India do something I really wanted and felt right for me. That sensation of “I did it” is breathtaking.
– Fall in love… this one is for all the times I’ve fallen and will ever fall, even if it’s with the same person over and over again.
Soundtrack of this post (and of life): “In your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel (it takes not only your breath away, but your mind, troubles… and brings such a healing sensation of something you don’t even quite know)
PS: it is also breathtaking to know you take someone’s breath away…
PS2: “Breathless” by The Corrs also fits here…