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The Cloud in My Heart: A Journey of Self-Discovery and the Beauty of Imperfection

Somehow, a mist infiltrated my heart.
It was a minuscule mist, embodying the essence of a true mist, with slender appendages, delicate limbs, and velvety, ivory coils. From afar, it appeared weightless and resplendent.
That mist wandered within my heart, gracefully sketching on the blank canvas of misty paper from time to time. I observed it from the corner of my eye, recognizing it as a design artist. Little did I anticipate that even Yidui Yun had a penchant for design sketches.
“What endeavors lie ahead?” I inquired curiously.
“You shall discover in due time,” blinked the mist, responding.
I pursed my lips and resumed sketching. As of late, I was engrossed in a new project, my days consumed by relentless busyness. Truth be told, I scarcely had a moment to spare for Yiduoyun’s inclinations.
When I recollected the mist, a week had already elapsed. As I beheld it once more, my heart underwent a complete transformation. A sigh escaped me in silence, for I had never fathomed the boundless universe concealed within my own heart.
A cerulean lake emerged where overgrown weeds once thrived, and a verdant path adorned with sorrel wound its way around, occasionally cradling dainty pink blossoms in clusters. The mist floated serenely upon the lake, tranquil and content.
“What enchantment did you employ to bestow such beauty upon this realm?” I couldn’t help but marvel.
The mist brushed aside its tresses, revealing clear, luminous eyes, and replied, “What magic can a mist truly possess? These wonders resided within your heart all along—I merely unveiled them.” In truth, inviting a mist to dwell within your heart is a benevolent act, gradually illuminating my days.
I began to set aside fragments of my existence, bowing my head and peering into my heart. The mist remained busy each day, often sharing small surprises with me.
“I unearthed a jar of glass marbles beneath the sycamore tree.” The mist invariably discovered treasures hidden from my sight.
Together with the mist, I opened the jar of glass marbles—red, green, and blue—each one resplendent in its own right.
Occasionally, I would beckon the mist forth from my heart, allowing it to soar amidst the heavens. The azure sky resembled a crystalline stage, enticing numerous mists to exhibit their fullest splendor. Lion-shaped clouds exuded grandeur, sheep-shaped clouds huddled together, peacock-shaped clouds flaunted their resplendent plumes, and petal-shaped clouds unfurled layer upon layer. In comparison, the mist seemed somewhat ordinary.
“Can’t you transform like them?”
“Yes, I can, but it is not befitting for a mist.” The mist leisurely elongated its form in the sky.
“But people derive pleasure from witnessing such clouds. You must learn to adapt to your surroundings.”
“Why must I seek approval from others? I find solace in embracing my true self.”
I know not why, but Yun’s words pricked me deeply. For several days, a languor consumed me, and my spirits waned.
“Hey, I stumbled upon a field of rapeseed flowers.” The mist was adorned with golden pollen, emanating a sweet fragrance.
Given my current pace of life, relishing the scent of flowers had become a luxury.
“Would you care to witness the rapeseed field? It lies not far away.” The mist entreated.
My phone incessantly vibrated. Just as uncertainty and indecision plagued me, the fragrance of flowers in the distance intensified. The golden blossoms, unseen for so long, suddenly materialized before my eyes, beckoning from a nearby realm. I could not bear to refuse.
“Let us venture forth together.” Na Duoyun’s tone grew resolute.
“Very well.”
The mist gently guided the way forward, the path extending infinitely, traversing desolation and leading to a rapeseed field.
At that moment, the sky transformed into a vivid tapestry, the rapeseed fields beneath my feet stretched endlessly, and swaying golden stars shimmered magnificently in their vastness.
The mist metamorphosed for the first time, assuming the guise of a miniature version of myself standing beside me.
“Do you still remember?” the mist inquired.
I inhaled deeply, and those ancient, pristine memories gradually reawakened. During my childhood, my parents and I embarked on an outing and fortuitously encountered a vast expanse of rapeseed flowers. Golden blooms stretched from below to the horizon. The radiance of the setting sun cast a resplendent glow upon the rapeseed fields at my feet. The sheer beauty left me utterly awestruck.
“Dad, Mom, I aspire to pursue art. I yearn to fashion these exquisite blossoms into timeless jewelry. Thejewelry I conceive shall be unparalleled in the world,” the mist recollected, mimicking the tone from its recollection.
“Yet, in doing so, I forfeited my singular essence,” I muttered, concealing my face as tears streamed down.
The mist reverted to its cloud-like form, gently drifting onto my shoulder, offering solace in its gentle voice, “You have not lost it; behold, I am ever-present.”