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August 17, 2013 / austreberto

photogenic

photogenic

 

we all carry a picture around

 

some of us are more aware of this more than others

looking at it constantly

making changes

sometimes daily

 

a picture of how we want our lives to look like

five

ten

fifteen years from now

with a family

house

and anything we can imagine

 

the possibilities are only limited by our desires

 

it comforts us

 

gives us something to look forward to

 

order amongst all this chaos called life

 

we keep this picture wherever we deem suitable

 

framed along the walls of bedrooms

boxed in attics next to childhood toys

the ones we want to give our future children someday

taped on bathroom mirrors as a reminder every morning

crumpled and torn out of frustration when you learn that it’s never as simple as you hoped it to be

 

i keep mine in my wallet

next to a fortune cookie that reads

those who live in the past

limit their future

 

i use this as a reminder

that plans will change

no matter how badly you don’t want them to

 

even the most pristine pictures smudge and tear

 

the future is relentless if you don’t follow its flow

its changes

 

rivers only appear treacherous when you’re traveling against the current

resisting to its natural direction

 

live

breathe

and float downstream

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