We all think we have time. The things that seem important, take precedence – the work commitments, the house, the car, the status, the stuff. In acquiring all these things, we forget to notice that time is passing. We look at ourselves in the mirror, see the clothes that don’t quite work, the mascara that clumps no matter what brand we buy, that piece of hair that just won’t sit right. We buy unctions and sprays and shave and wax and primp and preen – the outside becomes who we are.
Tick. Tick. Tick.
Enjoy the meaningful things. Family. Friends. Sunsets. Animals. Children. Talking until the moon is fat. Laughing. Crying. Loving. Drinking a good glass of wine. Doing something that scares you. Doing something you love. Dancing on the beach. Watching the fog roll over the moors. Listening to your favourite music until you can’t bear it any more.
17 thoughts on “Vitality – Alastair’s Photo Fiction”
‘until you can’t bear it any more’, I love this bit.
I like the balance between the evocation of the mundane in the first paragraph and the urgency in the last one. The emotion is palpable behind the lines.
Thank you. It’s only taken 42 years to clearly realise what’s really and truly important!
I love this. Time passes and so do we. Do something about it before it is too late.
Thank you Alastair – and thank you for the photographic inspiration.
Nobody has as much time as they think they do. It’s a shame we waste it.
Well done on the thoughts and emotions!
Thank you, Lorri.
Excellent piece Freya. The philosophical concept is very accurately expressed. I enjoyed your work.
Thank you so much!
Deep stuff for a Monday morning, but always apt.
A beutiful reminder…
Great advice, There was a poem in a book called “Architecture of all Abundance” which has stuck with me.
“Time is of the essence
Both Chapter and Page
Are meant to be thought
Not left in a cage”
I carefully considered this. I came to a very similar conclusion to what you came up with here. Thanks for the words of wisdom. I can always use a reminder.
Thank you. I hadn’t read this poem before, so thank you for sharing it.