Burning the Past

Day 49 – February 18, 2018

A couple of things, sum of which the majority who read the post don’t really care about. But, it just feels better when you put things out there.  I know today is suppose to be black and white photo day, but I want to hold off on that because I wanted to take advantage of the daily word prompt, which is present.  In order to understand my photo choice, a little background.  I have never really been a fan of tattoos.  Well the thought of a tattoo on me.  And up until 2 years ago, I never thought I would ever get one.  But that all changed when an, at the time current, student of mine designed an amazing piece of art to symbolically recognize the day I became a cancer survivor.  It was just so well thought out that I knew I couldn’t just frame it, I had to wear it.  So I ventured out and had it done.  It kind of surprised me how uneven my arms felt.  It wasn’t long before I got another one about a year later.  And the flood gates open.  Now I’m not saying I plan to cover my entire arms or body with them, but if something strikes a cord in me, there will always be a possibility of it becoming a part of me.  So now background complete.  Fast forward to today.  The word present has been a very important word I have focused on a lot lately. The connotation I am writing about is in terms of time.  This past year has been exceptionally difficult from health, mental and physical, to family, to relationships, I have struggled with finding balance, happiness, or even forgiveness.  I was lost and the spiraling did not help me to find some direction. But just about a year later it is safe to say I am much better off and focused on the present.  I saw this saying in parts at different times and put them together: To live in the past is depression, to focus on the future is anxiety, and to live and focus on the present is happiness.  The picture I took today is a photo of my latest tattoo.  In case you didn’t recognize what it is, it is a Phoenix.  The Phoenix is my daily reminder that the past is over and has burned to ash, and the now is a whole new day, a fresh beginning.  It is a constant reminder to live every second in the present. Just like the Phoenix rising from the ashes. Happy Sunday!

via Daily Prompt: Present

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