Re: Days of Reckoning

The Great Monkey Wave
“The Great Monkey Wave”. Click image to view larger version.

More copy/pasting today. A wonderful way to fulfill my NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) goals while I’m busily spending creative time on daily sleep-writing for NaNoWriMo (aka National Novel Writing Month). In his wonderful blog At Twilight, Jonas writes today about Days of Reckoning:

“I’ve long pondered the disintegrations of the human soul I’ve witnessed in the workplace, among acquaintances and intimates. Each story is unique, but there’s a commonality: the death of expectations. It is no small matter to confront the knowledge that one is not to be what one had dreamed to be. To understand that one will never experience or hold whatever once was held so dear. A redefinition of “self” is in order. That’s quite the challenge when the slate is no longer clean, when doors are barred, bridges burned… and dreams have lost their luster. There’s the awareness (either shabby or inspiring) that one’s life story will unfold along unanticipated plotlines.” (do read on here)

Here is the (slightly edited) comment I left in response:

I’ve been navigating these treacherous waves all my life.
Always looking for my ultimate calling.
It’s been a bumpy ride. So many encounters along the way;
A mix of deep satisfaction and utter despair.
Unfortunately, the latter seems to take over all too easily.
Dreams of who we want to be seem so childish now.
And yet without the dreams, we are just shells
of who we could have been. Do shells have value too?
Can they give birth to new life?
I like to think my shell has been
in a gestation period these past years.
It may give birth to something grand.
Then again, it very well might not.
Some people navigate these waters
with complete faith, hope, and even joy.
It’s been a bumpy ride for me.
And on it goes…

Image: “The Great Monkey Wave” by Vladimir Sierra

after Katsushika Hokusai’s “The Great Wave of Kanagawa”.
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5 thoughts on “Re: Days of Reckoning

  1. Ah, yes. The difference between what we dreamed of for our lives and the reality of living. Life holds many surprises in spite of all our planning and goal-setting. Some surprises are unpleasant, and some lead us in wonderful directions we would not have gone on our own.

  2. I love it! I love it all!Those shells which are destined to be great often wait for the right time to come out when they can be appreciated to the fullest! After one shell has given birth, there is another greater one waiting… so many amazing things await in the future!xox-Tab

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