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!