Take two

#12: Run outside. Take a picture of the first thing you see. Run inside. Take a picture of the second thing you see. Write about the connection between these two random objects, people, or scenes.

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I love the idea of today’s writing prompt although technically I didn’t go outside to take my picture as it is way too cold, so instead, whilst remaining in the warm, I pulled back the curtain and the first thing I saw was the ivy that is growing up the side of our garage. When I turned around, the second thing my eyes were drawn to was my brand new backpack hanging on the door. The relationship between the two is that my Great Nan, who sadly passed away last year, is called Ivy and shortly after she passed, we were just leaving the house to choose her some flowers and a butterfly flew past us, settling on our front door. It was the beginning of winter so butterflies shouldn’t have been around at that time, yet there it was. The same day, a butterfly had visited my grandparents landing on the front of their house too, and they live closer to London, so hardly ever see butterflies regardless of the season. We saw these two events as a sign that it was my Great Nan saying goodbye and telling us that she’s happy (she was 104 and a half, so was quite bored towards the end). Ever since then, I have accumulated a few items adorned with a beautiful butterfly print and this cool backpack is my latest addition!

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This is your life

#11: If you could read a book containing all that has happened and will ever happen in your life, would you? If you choose to read it, you must read it cover to cover.

Well this is easy for me, I’d choose not to read it. I don’t understand why anyone would want to read every single word of their past and their future, which of course would include very happy memories but would inevitably include devastating loss, too? Happiness and loss are unfortunately ever present in every individual’s life, so having to read it from cover to cover would be something I simply couldn’t do. As by reading this book, not only would you have to relive the bad and painful parts of your past but you’d also be delving into the unknown with your future. I very much believe in living for today and in the now (even though planning for the future is obviously vital). Also, in relation to my ‘Quote Me’ post, I believe that everything does indeed happen for a reason and that destiny plays a big role in what happens in the future. I can safely say that I’m very happy not knowing what lies ahead and that I’m very grateful that I have the capability (and now the technology) to revisit the happiest times from my past … no need for the book!