„Bing“ … That sound … „Bing“ … That sound, again and again … „Bing“.
Emma’s life is pretty normal. Not normal for real, because she had already reached at lot in her life. The Austrian woman gained her master degree in mechatronics at the age of 25 and today, two years later, she is going to finish her dissertation to become a PHD, besides her normal job. Her employer pledged, that she should not overdo herself with the continuing of her studies, but Emma was motivated to learn more about the world around her, although she was already team leader of 50 people within her department in a well-paid job.
Besides her job, Emma seems quite successful within her private life. She is happily married, mother of two and lives with her family in a suburb of Berlin. She drives a new car and explores every year one new country. All in all, everyone envies her for her success. But what her friends and family members don’t know is her tiny little problem.
It all started when Emma was a little girl. From time to time she heard a high tone. It appeared as quickly as it went away again, mostly when she almost had forgotten it. But when the acoustic tone appears, it was so intense, that Emma was not able to ignore it. While the world around her appeared to slide into the background during the tone, the only other thing she could perceive was a flat, rectangular, spinning sign above her head, which appeared and disappeared simultaneously to the high pitch tone.
If other people could hear the sound or see the strange object too, the whole story would be easy. But every time Emma mentioned her extraordinary experience, her family and friends just laughed at her. So she decided to keep it a secret and resolve the mystery on her own.
Emma was sitting minutes, hours even whole days in front of a mirror to see what is written on that mysterious sign above her head. To finally read the text, the girl had to wait until her 23rd birthday, because every time before, when the sound and sign appeared she was to shocked to read it clearly. And even at this faithful day, it was just luck, that helped her solving the riddle.
She and her father were buying a new car for her. Although she preferred to go to a private seller, her dad insisted to go to a normal car retailer, because her first car should be in a good condition and no scam. She eventually decided to buy an already used Ford Focus and as she was about to sign the contract, it happened: „Bing!”
Emma looked at the glass windows of the car retail shop and could clearly see the letters written on the rotating plate above her head. She opened her mouth and could not believe her eyes, because the letters said:
Emma could not explain what is happening with her, but she has a vague guess. Every time when she is doing something special in her life, the notification of her achievement appears. Looking back, it all makes sense. The appearance of the sign on her graduation day. The annoying tone while kissing the first time. Or the odd notification during her first sexual experience.
After figuring out what and when it happens, she just wanted to know why it happens and why no one else can see the sign but her. She did research, read books and created conspiracy theories about divine beings just mocking her. The only thing she was not able to is to speak with her husband because of her traumatic experiences back when she was a child and the fear of being indoctrinated into a mental asylum.
Today in Berlin she but jumped over her shadow. In a local newspaper she saw an advertisement, spelling: “Advise Could Happen. If Ever Visions Emerge, Mind Eviscerating Nought. Then Uncover Nosiness, Live Our Craving Knowledge. Egel-Street, Docks!” Emma immediately packed her stuff to go to the ominous address in Berlin. Her husband was at a conference and the children at her parent’s house, so she didn’t need any excuses for her little trip to the unknown.
At Egel-Street, the woman was looking for a sign or a hint for the exact location of the mysterious meeting, that was announced in the tabloid. She passed a door with a similar encrypted text as the one in the newspaper written on it: “Break Into New Gravitas!” Cautiously she entered the building and approached a vast room divided into small cabins, such as local voting cubes look like.
A spotlight flashed a signal to one of these compartments, to which Emma eventually went. As she entered the one and a half square meter cabin, a voice began to raise from the loudspeakers: “Now, after all people arrived, we begin. My name does not matter, because today it is just about you!”
A grumble was heard out of the majority of the approximately 20 cabins. Apparently, all guest would have liked to face a real person instead of a metallic voice. “You all are here for a certain reason.” The voice continued. “All of you are thinking that you are alone in this world. Only you can hear strange sounds and only you can see the sign rotation above your head. Behold! Every one of you has his own notification, when you achieve something great, but you are all too shy to say it out loud!”
Nothing but the truth!
The voices of the people in the room raised again, but this time it was a moan out of relieve. “All of you had experienced these happenings more often than just one time. Your remarkable achievement was underlined by the signal tone and sign. Regardless if it was your birth, your first steps, the first day at school, the last day of your retirement or your dying day, you are followed by success!”
„But why?“ Emma listened up, because she knew that voice very well. Too well, because she was married to this voice for two years. “Max, is it you?”, the slightly confused woman shouted while leaving the cabin to search for the location of the voice. “Emma?”, it resounded from the other side of the room, where Max was exiting his compartment.
“What are you doing here?”, both asked simultaneously, as the metallic loudspeaker voice interrupted. “As I said before, EVERYONE gets those signals. To answer your question, the reason of the appearance is obvious: Your whole life is an achievement! The fact that you live impersonates the success over all difficulties and obstacles, which you have to face in life. To appreciate the gift of life, you will be reminded, that your achievements have led to the moment you are in right now.
While Max and Emma looked into each others eyes afterwards, both heard a „Bing“; and over their heads a sign appeared with the words written on it:
Your personal achievement chart
We also can reach such achievements, by aiming for goals and try our best to reach them. To conserve those success stories from being forgotten, I created my own achievement chart. It consists of a funky title for the success, the date you achieved it, how many days since your birth had past and a description.
Feel free to use the chart, develop it and give me some recommendations of success stories in life I forgot. Have fun while unlock your achievements:
|Achievement||Unlocked at||Days past||Description|
|HERE I AM!||20.09.1992||0||Being born|
|LET IT GO!||20.09.1993||365||Do your first steps|
|WHAT DID HE SAY!||25.12.1993||461||Learn to speak|
|NOOB!||20.08.1999||2525||Finish kinder garden|
|NOVICE!||07.07.2004||4308||Finish elementary school|
|APPRENTICE!||07.07.2008||5769||Finish junior high school|
|ADEPT!||30.04.2011||6796||Finish high school|
|THE NEXT HAWKING!||09.06.2011||6836||Graduate from high school|
|EXPERT!||10.09.2016||8756||Finish your bachelor study|
|MASTERMIND!||Finish your master study|
|DOCTOR WHO?!||Finish your PHD study|
|PROFESSIONAL!||Attend any additional upgrade training course|
|COFFEE, SIR?||01.08.2010||6524||Find one employer|
|HIRE, SIRE!||20.06.2016||8674||Find five employers|
|EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH!||40%||Find ten employers|
|EMPLAYER!||Become an employer|
|TO HIRE IS MY DESIRE!||0%||Hire five employees|
|WHO?||29.07.2007||5425||The first local media news about you|
|HARDLY KNOWN!||The first regional media news about you|
|SEMI-FAMOUS!||The first national media news about you|
|ROCKSTAR!||The first international media news about you|
|HUIIIIIIIIII!||07.08.2002||3608||Fly for the 1st time|
|UP IN THE AIR!||14.07.2010||6506||Fly for the 5th time|
|FLIGHT FLIGHT, BABY!||24.07.2011||6881||Fly for the 25th time|
|1. CLASS IS MY CLASS!||35%||Fly for the 100th time|
|HERE IS YOUR CAPTAIN!||Fly a plane by yourself|
|RUMMRUMM!||07.07.2012||7230||Buy your 1st car|
|FORMULA 1!||10.11.2013||7721||Buy your 2nd car|
|I HAVE NOTHING TO DRIVE!||40%||Buy your 5th car|
|OUCH!||14.06.1999||2458||Get injured one time|
|IT IS JUST AN ITCH!||08.10.2014||8053||Get injured five times|
|HOW NOT TO DO…!||60%||Get injured ten times|
|SCARFACE!||24%||Get injured 25 times|
|NICE STAY HERE!||09.03.2015||8205||Stay in hospital overnight the first time|
|I CAME, SAW AND CAME AGAIN!||21.06.2009||6118||Have sex more than one time|
|PORNPRO!||05.05.2015||8262||Have sex so often, you stopped counting|
|MINI-ME!||Get your 1st child|
|TWINI-ME!||Get your 2nd child|
|YES I WILL!||Get happily married|
|I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU!||Celebrate the first wedding day|
|YES THEY WILL!||Become Best-Man|
|CALL HIM BOB, PLEASE!||Become godparent|
|WELCOME TO MY HOOD!||Build a house|
|PRINCE OF FRESH AIR!||Plant a tree|
|OBJECTION!!!||Go to court|
|NEED FOR SPEED!||28.10.2011||6977||Get a driver’s license|
|SKILL +1!||Get another license for exotic vehicles|
|RIDDLE ME THIS!||Finish a puzzle with 18.000 pieces|
|LIKE I LIKE YOU LIKE MY LIKE!||Get 1000 Likes on a Social Media platform|
|SEE!||05.05.2008||5706||Publish one video in the web|
|LOOK!||40%||Publish five videos in the web|
|OPAN GREXXEN-STYLE!||1%||Publish a video and get over 100.000 views|
|FOR GLORY AND PIECE!||25.01.2012||7066||Shoot with a gun|
|I AM TO OLD FOR THIS SHIT!||Retire|
|BELLO!||03.08.1996||1413||Visit one foreign country|
|COLUMBUSSI!||07.08.2002||3608||Visit five foreign countries|
|COOK-IMONSTER!||18.02.2016||8551||Visit 25 foreign countries|
|TABASCO-DA-GAMA!||54%||Visit 50 foreign countries|
|MAGELANIA!||27%||Visit 100 foreign countries|
|ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED!||18%||Visit 149 foreign countries|
|FAR FAR AWAY!||1.10.2016||8777||Live one month abroad|
|I AM A LEGAL ALIEN!||Live one year abroad|
|TONGUE TORNADO!||22.04.2015||8249||Speak three languages|
|BACH-FLIP!||Learn one Instrument|
|REHAB!||Get rid of one addiction|
|EARGASM!||Compose a song|
|CASH-CLASH!||Own 10.000 on your account|
|CASH-OBERT DUCK!||Own 100.000 on your account|
|I AM RICH, BITCH!||Own 1.000.000 on your account|
|LIKE A YOYO!||Do a Bungee-Jump|
|JUMP, JUMP, JUMP!||Do a Parachute-Jump|
|ABOVE THE CLOUDS!||Fly a glider|
|PATENT DECLARED!||Invent something, that is named after you|
|PAPARAZZI!||20.05.2014||7912||Get caught by a radar|