The Cloud Walker

down angle photography of red clouds and blue sky

I’ve always wanted to fly high above the sky, despite my overwhelming fear of flying. I remember a childhood dream of being a “Cloud Walker,” a being who could leap from literally cloud to cloud, then ride them wherever the winds took them. While I’m not sure that I could actually transform into such a being, it’s certainly fun to dream about, and perhaps even more enjoyable to write about.

I do recall that in these skies reigned strange and wonderful equine-like beings known as the Equiis. They lived in these epic sky palaces, obscured by cloud cover. In this dreamworld, it was the greatest honor ever to be invited to even see the exterior of these palaces. The Cloud Walker did indeed land upon the outskirts of one of these palaces only to have an army of pegasi swoop down upon the adventurous sprite. She managed to dodge their attacks, which came from many angles. Somehow, I can’t remember how, she managed to catch one by the wing, and refused to let go.

After a terrifying and dizzying ordeal of the Pegasi sky soldier trying to shake her, the world went dark for the Cloud Walker. When she awoke, not only did she discover she hadn’t free fallen to her death to the earth below, but that she was, in fact, inside one of those great sky palaces. I don’t recall exactly what happened after that, except that the Cloud Walker thereafter became a privileged ally of the Equiis. No longer would they be on guard for her as a potential threat. They would even assist the Cloud Walker in her exploration of the skies, both blue and black, calm and stormy, thick and thin.

Why I’ve never written about this dreamland experience before eludes me, although there are many dreams I’ve neglected to write about over time. The free spirit of the Cloud Walker impresses me, and I long have felt the deep desire to be much like her, wholly unafraid to take a leap that could lead to an endless free fall into the depths of the levels of hell reserved for the patently foolish. Yet, even when she did free-fall, something always broke her fall, in sometimes rather painful and awkward ways. But, the Cloud Walker lived to leap another day.

I must be more like the Cloud Walker, and rise above the common concerns, worries, and fears of the earthbound. This includes no longer giving into aimless rambling and fruitless competitions meant to distract and deceive us from pursuing useful things. We must all be more like this, as when things appear hopeless, any barriers we may perceive are but constructs meant to keep us tied to the limitations of our physical mortality. We are so much more. There is a part of each of us which is eternal, even if we don’t want to believe it, too much I’ve seen and heard and felt proves it to be true.

There’s more out there beyond our tactile senses. Only our minds, our dedication to creativity and exploration of the unknown, can help us find out our true destinies, to break the shackles of ignorance and ascend to a greater level of understanding. It’s there for all of us to pursue, and even soaking in a few rays of a greater light of inspiration could do wonders for each and every one of us.

Are you ready to make a leap forward? Perhaps, that isn’t the right question. It’s likely none of us are ever ready for what awaits us. But, unless you pursue adventure for its own sake, to live boldly is far better than to live your life waiting for the right chance, which may never even come or you may not even recognize it when it does. So, if you see a chance to leap towards a great light, you shouldn’t ever let fear or judgment hold you back. That’s what the dream of the Cloud Walker says to me.

~ Amelia <3

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Amelia Desertsong is a former content marketing specialist turned essayist and creative nonfiction author. She writes articles on many niche hobbies and obscure curiosities, pretty much whatever tickles her fancy.

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