To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
What does this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson have to do with you and your 'greatest accomplishment'? I pondered this question after watching a 1978 film last night called "Ice Castles". It was a film about a true story of Lexie Winston, a very young figure skater from Iowa who rose quickly to stardom and felt the pressures of becoming a super star with the elites while being shunned by her peers until she made one drastic mistake that left her virtually blind with just enough vision to see the boards at the edge of the rink. At the end she learns to overcome her disability and trust in herself again. Unable to see she skates once more but forgets about the roses thrown to her at the end of her performance and falls from grace. That's when the audience realizes, she was visionally impaired. (Source Wikipedia)
I chose a photograph of a Magnolia to illustrate true beauty and the possibilities of continuing to bloom under any circumstances. Just as most of us were feeling comfortable about taking off our masks there's talk about implementing them again. Whether or not anyone has the power to make us go down that path again masks belong to the mythical arts of drama and storytelling. It really is important to be yourself!
It's amazing how many stories have been told about Olympic Champions, athletes, or filmakers. Isn't it funny how history uses people and life dramas to make a point about perseverance? Tragedy seems to serve as models for both social changes and the psychological effect it has on life and other people. It's true, the world is always changing. Life is a combination of both success and failure, and the joy and disappointments we live through whether temporarily or permanent ---Patricia Feager