”What if I’d made a different decision, chosen a different path?” Ken wondered aloud as he looked at the three leaves on the path before him.
“Don’t ruin things,” a man near him said.
Ken turned around and said to the stranger who spoke to him, “What did you just say?”
“I said that everyone’s life is just a variation on a theme,” the man said. “Your kind of thinking puts you in a no win situation. You need to stop focusing and what’s beneath and behind you and, instead, look at what is above and ahead of you.
“Who the hell are you and why don’t you mind your own damn business?” Ken said.
“I am someone who is trying to help you move forward,” the man said.
“Move forward apropos to what?” Ken asked.
“From your mistakes you made in the past, from your deep regrets,” the man said.
“But how can I do that?” Ken asked. “I can’t change the past.”
“For starters,” the man said, “one way you can compensate for the errors of your ways is no not vote for Donald Trump again this November.”
Astonished, Ken looked at the man and asked, “How did you know I voted for Trump in 2016?”
The man looked at Ken, shook his head, and said, “The red MAGA cap you’re wearing is a dead giveaway.”
Written for the Photo Challenge prompt from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie. Photo credit: mh cheraghi on Pexels.com. Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (what if), The Daily Spur (ruin), Word of the Day Challenge (theme), Jibber Jabber (win), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge Apropos), and Your Daily Word Prompt (compensate).