Descriptive Essay : My Heart Rate Slowed Down

2035 Words Sep 27th, 2016 9 Pages
There was a time when I lived in a world surrounded by a grey cloud that followed me everywhere I went. I was always haunted by an invisible timer that weighed down my shoulders. It would taunt me. Hanging up on the ceiling like a chandelier. It ticked and my eyes watered as the sounds of the ticking were amplified by my fears. In reality the ticking emulated the sounds of pennies dropping into pavement but in my mind it erupted like thunder. It rose with the sun one morning and refused to set. I tried looking at the clock to find peace but realized that all it ever did was reincarnate. It was the middle of the night and I could not sleep. All I could do was stare at the ceiling as helicopters and airplanes went by. I gripped my covers tightly as new stories of malfunctioning plane engines traveled through my mind. When the plane engines faded into the dark sometimes lively Anacostia sky, I breathed a sigh of relief. My heart rate slowed down. I closed my eye to go to sleep only to find myself being plagued with more disasters in my mind. I remembered the unstableness of the ground when I first experienced an earthquake. I imagined the earth releasing its grasps on its self. And letting all of the buildings on earth fall.

Death used to seem like a myth. Even though there were people who I knew who have passed away I was never really close enough to someone who passed away to understand what it felt like to lose someone in that way. I tried to understand it sometimes by…

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