This is the concluding part of the story, The path to self discovery…
Mimi, didn’t get a call, she got a visit instead. One crisp Monday morning, two months after the encounter at the restaurant, she had just given this amazing presentation at the board meeting in her company and was relaxing in her office savouring the feeling of delivering a stellar performance and dreaming of a possible promotion, when her secretary poked in her head to inform her of an unscheduled visitor. Normally Mimi only attends to people with appointments but on this day, she was feeling amazing, with words like “you are the one to take this company global if you continue in this light” coming from the lips of her usually taciturn MD, who wouldn’t?, so she asked her secretary to show the person in.The look of utter surprise on Mimi’s face as the lady from the restaurant walked in was warranted as she had given up hope of ever seeing her again. She invited her to sit and proceeded to offer her something to drink. They sat in silence for a few minutes, with Mimi waiting for the lady to say something and the lady wondering if she had done the right thing by coming to the office.
“What is your name?” Mimi asked. “You know my name, and now you know my office, so I think it’s only fair that I ask.” Mimi further explained at the confused look on the lady’s face.
“Oh it’s Fade.” She said with a nervous smile.
“Nice to meet you Fade.” This statement made them both laugh. Fade seemed to physically relax after this.
“I left him.” Fade said, “you were right, I deserve better, took me a while to figure it all out, now I know all you said to me that day was true.”
On hearing this, Mimi’s inner diva did a victory dance.
“I need a job.” She continued.
“What can you do?” Mimi asked.
“I can write, and I think I’m ready to let the world hear my voice through my words, to let the picture I paint come alive in the minds of the people out there. I’m sorry, I think I’m saying too much, I tend to get carried away when I talk about writing.”
“It’s okay, I have a friend who would be able to give you the right contacts to get started.”
“I’m scared about this.”
“Good, because I would be worried if you weren’t.”
“I’m so inexperienced, I don’t think your friend would want to go through all that trouble.”
“Never say never, just send me a sample of the things you’ve written and we would take it up from there.”
“You can thank me by being the best writer I would ever know.”
A year later, with a book and several publications to her name, Fade took the lectern as a keynote speaker at one those “Leaders of Tomorrow” type events. She looked up at the crowd that had gathered to listen to her, then her eyes roved to the back of the room and met that of her number one cheerleader, who in turn gave her a thumbs up. With a smile, Fade started speaking.