The enemy

You are truly incorruptible, aren’t you? Huh? You won’t kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness. And I won’t kill you because you’re just too much fun. I think you and I are destined to do this forever. — Joker.

During school days, I had a crush on a beauty queen. Like any expected scenario, there were also other guys who were after her. But they all were looking for a fling where as I was in deep love ( Yea, right..).

Then came my enemy — Tim, the boy who was also madly in love with her. To bring more drama, under the blue sky our battle began.

Numerous badminton challenges were laid out in front of us to decide on who should be the first to talk to her. Even though my body had gone through lot of pain after hours of playing, her sweet voice was totally worth it. Before reaching the badminton club, I completed my homework and organised my badminton kit with all the tools to fix a racket. This way I could start the game right away.

I always had to be presentable because no one wants to hangout with a shabby guy. Extreme levels of patience were tested by waiting for hours to see a glimpse of her. At a festival, I even stood up and led a team to make a miniature house of wood. It was during that time, I discovered my carpentry skills.

Since dancing was one of my craziness, I even invited her for a practice session but she refused it as she had her own dancing troop. Of course all of this was only to impress her.

In short the life of a lover was tough. I had to lock horns with Tim all the time. However after school days, she went abroad for higher studies. After that I lost contact with my enemy. Along with carpentry, I gave up many things and ended up being miserable.

A year ago I searched for her in Facebook. The very first thought that came to my mind when I saw her face was the hardships I went through to impress her. It wasn’t she who moulded me during those times. It was Tim — my enemy.

Something unique which even friends wouldn’t do. He always pushed me to the extreme. If it was not for him, I wouldn’t know how to play badminton, learn patience or carpentry.

After that, Tim appeared in many forms and taught me so many things in life. Alcoholism was one of the forms. During that period of addiction, I learned little about human psychology. Lately after going through a lot of realisation, the perspective of my enemy changed. Today time is the new Tim. He is always faster than me and I’ll need to keep up. I’m trying.

In the meanwhile, you can sit back and think about the enemy in your life and how they moulded you. I’m sure you will be grateful too because

What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.