The pond below the water fall at the Naples Botanical Garden is a mesmerizing place to be. The water has a constant undulating flow, creating abstract reflections. I usually take multiple photos of the water lilies and the flowing water around them and each one is different. Photographing reflections is really fun because I never know what I will get. I’m beginning to feel like life is a lot like the undulating, always changing reflections in the pond.
I really like this image and have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to post it. It seems to represent my feelings about my life, as it undulates and changes. I know who I am and in many ways I am the same person I have always been. But outside forces and the effects of aging seem to be distorting my understanding of who I am. I am feeling changes in my body and in how my brain functions and those changes require that I make changes in how I live my life. As I think about it, I realize that this has been going on since I was born – 73 years ago. Isn’t it amazing how our concept of who we are can subtly change while at the same time we can maintain a consistent sense of self.
Sometimes I wish I could time travel back to an earlier time – to be who I used to be for just a brief time. Maybe who I am now isn’t as close to who I remember being 50 years ago. This isn’t possible, but if I was able to live in my 20 year old body with my 20 year old brain, I think I would find that I like who I am now best because living through so many ripples, so many ups and downs, has given me a wisdom that I didn’t have when I was younger. I also know that I would really enjoy living in my 20 year old body, but not enough to give up what I have gained from living those 50 plus years.
This post was written in response to The Daily Post’s prompt of Undulate.