The assignment for today is "A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently."
I've been mulling this over just about all day. The truth is, there has been no big dramatic impact on my life recently. At least, not anything I would classify as having a 'huge impact.'
I was thinking about the people who won 167 million pounds in the European lottery. I read that they're making 10 pounds every minute - say about fifteen bucks, each and every minute, for nothing more than having that much money in their possession.
Now that's a huge impact.
When I hit various milestones in my life - in my case, marriage, children, divorce, marriage - they had impacts, in various ways. Once something major happens it changes your life, makes a division between 'how it WAS' and 'how it IS.' You have no way of knowing for sure what different path your life may have had if that event hadn't occurred when it did.
There are plenty of positive milestones - achieving a degree, getting married, having a baby, buying a house, achieving the right career. But so many of the big events seem to be unhappy ones: a parent's death, divorce, bankruptcy, serious illness. The things that cause upheaval and mayhem.
I often say that no news is good news, that although my life seems to be in somewhat of a rut, it's okay. I like routine. I can cope with routine. I don't need a dramatic high when it will be followed by an equally dramatic low. I'm just not a roller coaster kind of girl, y'know?
A few dramatic impacts are potentially in the offing: if the house sells, that will be a biggie. Deciding where to live, whether to try straddling two continents, paring down... Yes, that'd be a real change. But nothing like that has happened recently.
To cut to the chase - I don't have a photograph to represent a Life-Changing Event because there isn't one. Which is probably, to quote Martha Stewart, a good thing.
So what's a good picture to represent ordinary? stability? tranquility and serenity and peaceful calm?
That'll do it. It reflects my mood, I guess, even if not the photo that's supposed to be here.
Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!