Time, life's most precious gift, ⌚. Last week Monday morning at around 6:10 am, on my way to work, I lost this beautiful watch of mine. I remember putting it on my arm on the way to the station, but realised that it wasn't on my arm when I got to the station.
I quickly retraced my steps all the way back to my flat, got a torch and frantically started looking for it. I did it twice, from my flat to the station, from my flat to the station. I thought walking around with a torch is safer than walking around with my phone shining its torch. Wasn't planning on losing more than I already lost. I still couldn't find my watch and after realizing that someone might have picked it up and that I might not find or get it back again, I started crying. Like not just my usual quiet (don't let people see or hear you crying) but openly sobbing. I couldn't care less what people thought at that time.
Thing is, I got this watch for my 21st birthday from my grandmother. It was something with sentimental value that I thought I would always have. I have had it on ever since I got it and with time I got so used to having it on my arm, it almost became part of my arm.
I tried my best to find it. I put up some posters where I lost it but most of it was taken off by passers-by. I felt a bit silly doing it, because I know people and I knew the chances of getting it back was slim. But I couldn't just leave it like that, so I decided to appeal to the better nature of people. I even wrote Hallmark watches asking if they still had the one I lost and sadly they don't repeat the same make once a watch has gone out of stock, which my one apparently did a long time ago. I thought replacing it with the same one would make me feel less guilty for losing it, but I couldn't even do that.
Ever since I lost it, my arm has been feeling weird without it. Almost 'naked' in a way. Like something should be there but it isn't. Like a piece of my arm is missing. It's true what they say, "you only truly appreciate something once you've lost it."
(ode to my watch continues in Comments)