Outside is Perth winter. Wet with splashes of sunlight.
A coffee cup warming my palm, I looked outdoors at the rain and reflected on a poem a friend shared online. I thought it was beautiful and wanted to pass it on.
My Soul Has a Hat
I counted my years and realized that I have less time to live by, than I have lived so far.
I feel like a child who won a pack of candies: at first, he ate them with pleasure but when he realized that there was little left, he began to taste them intensely.
I have no time for endless meetings where the statutes, rules, procedures and internal regulations are discussed, knowing that nothing will be done.
I no longer have the patience to stand absurd people who, despite their chronological age, have not grown up.
My time is too short: I want the essence; my spirit is in a hurry. I do not have much candy in the package anymore.
I want to live next to humans, very realistic people who know how to laugh at their mistakes and who are not inflated by their own triumphs and who take responsibility for their actions. In this way, human dignity is defended and we live in truth and honesty.
It is the essentials that make life useful.
I want to surround myself with people who know how to touch the hearts of those whom hard strokes of life have learned to grow with sweet touches of the soul.
Yes, I’m in a hurry. I’m in a hurry to live with the intensity that only maturity can give.
I do not intend to waste any of the remaining desserts. I am sure they will be exquisite, much more than those eaten so far.
My goal is to reach the end satisfied and at peace with my loved ones and my conscience.
We have two lives and the second begins when you realize you only have one.
by Mario de Andrade (Sao Paolo 1893-1945)
Through my camera lens, I’ve discovered my second life. It is one that I embrace. I did not seek it. It came to me. Critical in the exchange was a receptiveness on my part. Now, it is me who seeks it.
Until next time
a dawn bird
4 thoughts on “This life”
A good share – thanks!
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You’re welcome. Glad you enjoyed it, too.
I felt this in the tent at the Kimberly. I love reading your blog. It really inspires me. My mum once told me, life really becomes sweet in your old age.
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So good to hear you like the blog. Have you started on yours?
That Kimberley trip was memorable! I had taped some of the sounds of the night and often listen to the bird life. Magical!