Jumping off trains

It is quite amusing to be reading a book where the main character keeps thinking of jumping off a train –scared of where the love she had found would take her — while you are literally in a train.

In Samantha Sotto’s “Before Ever After”, Dex, the man who toured with the protagonists alone while the rest were in pairs, said he doesn’t believe in jumping off trains.

He recalled what Jonathan, the man who almost reach life’s twilight –the oldest man in the group– said about his wife Rose at the monastery, “he wanted to make as much memories with her while he could”. Dex felt the same with his wife, Sheila who happens to have a Familial Alzheimer’s. The disease kept her from going with their Europe tour that was supposedly their honeymoon, leaving Dex all by himself.

Despite being as though he was dead to her, Dex wanted to be with her while he can because memories are the only things that would be left to him when she’s gone.

Sometimes, life puts us on the wrong train. While others believe that a wrong train can sometimes take us to the right place, in most cases we will find ourselves caught between two choices: to jump off or enjoy the journey while it lasts.

Do you believe in jumping off trains? How soon would you follow the direction of logic? If not, do you often end up spending more time deciding to get off without really doing so instead of savoring the moment? Or would you rather take uncertainties for the sake of memories?

These questions raced in my mind when suddenly the whistle of the train I was in whacked my head. I’d rather get back reading.



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