BEHIND PERFECT

                                          People usually focus on a life story in which a very poor person becomes a successful one because of his/her hard work. These stories are marvelous and they also give you many life lessons. But, have you ever imagined how it would be to have a life that people call “a perfect one?”  People tend to think that a perfect is a life that has all the abilities or things they have ever wanted. The idea varies from one person to another. Some people describe it  as a life in which you are wealthy, charming, intelligent and strong ( physically and mentally ).

                                           This is a story of a teenage girl called Erica. She was the only daughter from a wealthy family. Her father, David, an outstanding business owner and her mother, Susan, a famous actress made a wealthy and loving family. Therefore, many people tend to say “they have such a perfect family”. Her parents loves her very much that she was like a treasure in her family. But the more she is treated like a treasure, the more she had to be like one.  Erica’s parents taught her everything, from good manners to piano lessons. Erica was a very talented, intelligent and well behaved young lady. Yet, some people who were jealous of Erica. It was because most of the people pays attention on her. Therefore, they competed her, from tests to her behaviors. People who loved Erica wanted her to compete against those people and show them that she was better because those people said many bad things about her and tried to spread bad rumors about her. But as for Erica, she didn’t want to do so. No matter how much she wanted to quit something she can’t because she was afraid that she would let down the hopes of the people who loved her. The people who loved her ended up giving the same pressure as the people who competed her.

                                        Erica was elected to be the student council president but she didn’t want to be but then again she continued to do the best that she can. After a long day Erica went back home thinking she wanted to take a rest. When Erica entered the living room her mom called her asking how her day was and she told her parents that she was elected for the student council president. “ I knew you’d win you are my lovely daughter” her father said to her. “ I have never been a student council president. I guess my darling is better than me” her mother complimented. Erica smiled brightly since her parents are very happy with what she did. When she told her parents that she’s going into her room her mother told her they were going to have a family dinner and to get ready after she took a rest.

                                     She got into her room and sat down on her chair. Her saw the photo that was on her desk. She took the photo and stared at it for a few moments and she whispered softly “stars”. The photo she held was a family photo which included her grandfather who passed away not long ago. In the old days when her parents had to go on business trips she stayed at her grandfather’s house. Although her grandmother was a very rude person who gambles a lot, her grandfather was a wise man who loved her very much. He taught Erica very much about life and also about stars. He loved stars and he called her “Orion”. He  told Erica “if someone doesn’t want you or if someone who will give you nothing but sadness is in your life do not hesitate to leave them”. Therefore ,she never went there after he was gone. After a while she took out a sketch book from her bag and sketched some flowers. She wanted to be an artist. She knew that making her dreams come true would be like chasing rainbows since she have to inherit her father’s company. In the end she considered her dreams as dreams that are not meant to be fulfilled.

                                     Suddenly her mother told her that they were going to the restaurant. She got out of the room and went into the living room with a cheerful face and a big smile and though how lucky she was to have such loving parents. But at the bottom of the sketched flowers she wrote “ behind the word perfect there are many things we had suffered. I think a perfect life is a life in which you can achieve your dreams without being afraid of what others might say because in the end the only thing that matters was happiness”.

Author - May Tharaphee Kyaw