Changing seasons of our life

December 10, 2012  •  4 Comments

Old man checking his watch photographed by Maurizio RiccioHuman Nature 02-3

This week's Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily post at wordpress.com is "Changing Seasons"

I'm in the mood for another "poetic" response, so I decided to look at changing seasons as it relates to our life.

When we look at our life in terms of Changing Seasons, we refer to old age as the Winter of our life. That's unfortunate, because winter connotes chilling, withering and dying. Looking at it that way does not account for a life-time of enrichment and success in survival, only focusing on the inevitable outcome. That's not a respectful way to celebrate our grand achievements.

So instead, I choose to look at old age as the season of Spring. When we arrive at a grand old age, all the thoughts and actions planted in younger days begin to sprout and thrive, nourished by flowing wisdom. The world finally begins to come into focus with the clarity of a spring day. Eventually the old roots may descend into the soil but they leave behind new verdant life. This is the season in which our hopes flower in the young faces around us. This is the time of our life when our toils finally bring fruit.

Ultimately, when we reach the Spring of our life, we can finally lift our burdens and regain the wonderment of a child. And every child knows that magical lands are really real. On that day, let's close our eyes and see the castles on hills covered with multi-colored flowers and the puffy white clouds in pink skies…

 

Portrait of an old man photographed by Maurizio RiccioHuman Nature 02-1


Comments

James(non-registered)
you have some truly amazing work here!
Pieces of Sunshine(non-registered)
Beautifully written, a very positive take on old age. This very day I'm attending to matters for my elderly parents-in-love, stepping in to help with financial matters they no longer can manage etc. I hope they can reap their spring and enjoy it's beauty.
evilnymphstuff(non-registered)
A wise and well-thought interpretation :) Old age is indeed spring where all the wisdom and old memories spring and shine!
Stewart Monckton(non-registered)
Nice work on the theme - I plan to do some more "street" photography - but I need to get Christmas over first!

I think my daughter could use here loud piercing yell as self defence!

SM
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