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Will Bonnie's Dreams Come True?

I discovered my passion for writing after I quit my day job. So I began to write fiction stories, self-help books, and articles, blogs, etc.

Bonnie hit the midlife career crisis. She was intelligent and fast to learn. She was doing quite well in the office when her new Boss unwittingly led her to a trap, hinting her to marry a guy at the office, which the whole office wanted.

Bonnie didn't like the guy. When there was further pressure from the office regarding the issue, Bonnie decided to leave the office because her respect and privacy were at stake. She quickly resigned and stayed at home. She was always deep in thought.

Pic1: Bonnie Deep in Thought

Pic1: Bonnie Deep in Thought

Bonnie was shown a psychiatrist, and gradually she talked to him about her troubles. The psychiatrist looked like a gentleman but gave her pills and monthly injections.

Bonnie was surprised. Was she on medication? Was she the one with problems, or was the office the problem? Or, her Mom, who took her to the psychiatrist, was out of her mind?

Bonnie was told to take the medication regularly and also her injections, and the psychiatrist visited her at home. And together with Mom and the psychiatrist, Bonnie had chitchat once every week.

She was gradually exposed to the truth- at least that was what her Mom and the psychiatrist believed-that she had schizophrenia. She found it hard to believe that she would have mental health problems. Or, was it some plot by Mom and the psychiatrist to subdue her and keep her as a patient all her life?

After all, Bonnie had dreams- dreams to go abroad to do higher studies and work as a faculty member in a reputable university abroad. She also wanted to get married and have children.

Will Ma and the psychiatrist defy her all that?

As if as an answer to this question, the psychiatrist in his next sitting asked her if she would like to marry. Wow! Bonnie was surprised! The guy the doctor wanted to marry her was also a young doctor in the mental health arena.

Well, Bonnie was wondering what she would say and was undecided. Soon the doctor started saying that he would gradually take off the injections from her medication, but she had to take the pills regularly.

Bonnie quickly responded that she didn't need the pills either.

The doctor laughed and said, "'Do you think you are without problems, and your body is taking all the medication. You have issues, and as you take the medication regularly, you will be in control."'

This had Bonnie thinking. Her body was taking all the medication- it's true. Her body was in no way rejecting them. Was she a schizophrenic patient?

The doctor further explained, "Schizophrenia is a mental condition, not a disease that happens to intelligent people."

Well, Bonnie was sad. She never imagined she would have a mental condition. She didn't say yes or no to the doctor's matchmaking proposal. The topic got diverted, and he left.

Sometimes she would skip taking her pills. Not every time, her mood would swing low. Only sometimes. Many a time, even after skipping pills, she would thrive high. She simply didn't believe in her having schizophrenia and played with her pills. She hated her Mom for bringing in the pharmacy man from the shop nearby to inject her monthly.

Pic2: Bonnie Being Injected

Pic2: Bonnie Being Injected

Days passed, and the psychiatrist visited her. When he came to know she was skipping pills, he increased her dose of injections. He instructed her Mom to have her injected biweekly. This made Bonnie unhappier.

She wanted to leave her residence. The only way she thought it would be possible was by agreeing to the doctor's matchmaking proposal.

She told the doctor in another sitting, "Yes, I am ready for marriage." The doctor said, "Ok. I will be leaving in two weeks for the US, and I will be contacting the family."

Bonny, after a long time, felt her excitement glowing. Mom seemed happy too.

The psychiatrist, on his next visit to the US, would be bringing the boys to the country, and through dating them, Bonnie was to choose the one. The doctor joked that he would let the rest of the boys have sour lemonade juice.

As it turned out, the doctor had left the boys in Singapore for sightseeing while he returned to the country.

Bonnie had a nervous bad shaky feeling that something was going wrong.

There was then the phone call from the doctor that he was going to Singapore because the boys had a minor car accident.

Bonnie's fears had turned true. The next afternoon the doctor informed her that they had to go back on their way to the US because they had lost all their passports in the accident, and the country wouldn't allow them in without passports.

It was such a blow for Bonnie and Mom.

The doctor got involved in personal problems, and he wasn't able to come to Bonnie's place for his regular sittings until he put an end to it.

There were only phone call conversations. Then one day, he stopped communicating by phone as well.

Helpless as she was, Bonnie's Mom kept urging her to take her pills and continued giving her biweekly injections.

Bonnie was stuck in a hell life. Why God denied her from all the possible bliss, she couldn't understand. Her Mom was like a serpent in a beautiful flower, and she found pleasure in injecting her biweekly, which Bonnie simply hated.

Bonnie started writing articles online in an attempt to forget her problems and watch out for the other side of the rainbow. She was very depressed at times, but she cheered herself by reading self-help books and working with motivational quotes and affirmations. They helped.

Somehow her dream of having a family and children, going abroad, having a higher education degree and working in academia remained alive. Maybe one day she would be even closer to her dreams and make them real and materialize them. She was waiting in anticipation for that day.

Three years later, the psychiatrist thought of the haggard man who had previously asked him to estrange from the family and not to keep any contact with them. That old man is, however, deceased by now, and the doctor could contact the family again for the sake of the girl.

He gave a surprise visit to Bonnie's family along with a bachelor foreign guy who was working under his supervision, and he asked Mom and the girl if they liked the guy.

Bonnie looked at the guy. It was love at first sight. The guy was equally attracted to her.

Never had Mom or the psychiatrist ever thought there would be a happy marriage for Bonnie, but the doctor had always wished secretly if only he could help her all through the years.

Not a moment to be wasted. The guy had almost finished his project. So, he was ready to marry. He informed his parents abroad, who were equally enthusiastic.

Soon Bonnie would go abroad. She had spoken of her dreams with her would-be partner, and he was all for it. He felt lucky to have Bonnie in his life.

With marriage in line, life couldn't be better for Bonnie, and she knew for sure, every cloud had a silver lining, and patience particularly played a vital role in life. She heaved a sigh of relief at the thought of manifesting all her burning desires.

As for Bonnie's medication, the psychiatrist eliminated injections for good. She was only to take the pills. By now, Bonnie knew the pills helped her, but it was difficult for her to accept she was schizophrenic.

Her would-be partner was also doubtful that a bright and charming girl like her would suffer from a mental condition like that. He promised her to do a full check up on her once they reached abroad.

Pic3: Bonnie Enjoying Her Man's Company

Pic3: Bonnie Enjoying Her Man's Company

Assured, Bonnie leaned on her Man's shoulder. Together they dreamed of a beautiful future.

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