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Day 198: Photo Blog #17

Sunday, July 17, 2011

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!

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    I am enjoying these blogs as I am learning more about you....
    Love the pic
    3425 days ago
    Hmmm, I guess you are doing these specific blogs for a team project---but I miss the ones you used to do.
    3425 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    well, they say you never step into the same river twice
    (because the current is always changing)...
    so maybe your photo isn't off the mark after all
    3425 days ago
    Love the photo- peaceful and lovely coloutings
    Maybe its a good thing not to have hada lifechanging event!!
    3426 days ago
    What could be more stable than the never-ending sea-shore... in a peaceful mood, rather than a stormy one? Love the photo... brings memories.

    Rest well, Spark-friend! emoticon
    3426 days ago
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