CaptureYour365 Photo Prompt: January 2 2017

One Word:

Why I decided of all days to visit the island I didn’t know. Everyone knew it was going to be chaos, but I wasn’t going to let that bother me. I had decided that was that. 

Stepping off the ferry onto the island, I was swept up with the throngs of people going to the shrine to worship. 

I didn’t have a plan but my feet seemed to have a mind of their own and so I let them do whatever they pleased. 

Hours passed and I felt the spirits of the gods work their magic on me as my shoulders slowly relaxed. 

Back on the ferry to the mainland I stood on the deck downstairs letting the cold wind sting my face. I sipped the last of my sake and had but one word in my thoughts: thank you. 

Well okay, two actually, but since I was nearly through a cup of sake trying to warm up with very little food in my stomach, it was one word if you said it quickly. 

Thank you, I whispered to the heavens and smiled up at them. 

Thank you for letting me be single and free without anyone else to care for but myself. 

I was finally content.

And best of all:

Happy. 

Maybe that was the one word after all. 

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