Photo Heart Connection for May

For the last couple of days I have been pouring through my images that I took in May, searching for the one that tugs at my heart.  I keep coming back to this one, an old house that I blogged about here.  There are so many questions that come to mind when I view this old, crumbling, skeleton of what was once someone’s home. I’m sure you can think of a few, too.  

But today this images speaks to me of loneliness.  And it’s not that I’m lonesome.  I just recognize that that empty feeling comes to all of us from time to time.

This week I have had the opportunity to read Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail, by Cheryl Strayed.  In this compelling memoir, the author mentions how lonely she became while hiking that trail, even though she also enjoyed being alone on her ‘quest’.  She was relatively young when she made that trek, in her mid twenties.  

Then yesterday evening we saw the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.  It’s a fabulous movie about a group of retirees who make their home in a new place. Throughout the story you learn of how each of them has dealt with loneliness in one form or another, and also how each person copes with it.  

I mention this book and movie because I think all that together, combined with this image, is telling me that loneliness is a normal part of life, at any age.  And we have within us the means to cope with it…it is our own choice that determines if we stay that way.  

This old house is not permanent. Bit by bit it is leaning and falling apart. It’s temporary. So is that empty, lonely time in our lives.  It will pass on, especially if we make the choice to help ourselves out of the ‘rut’ and move forward.   

With this photo-heart connection comes the sincere gratitude that I have for my husband, family, and friends…all those who have entered my life and made it so much more beautiful than I ever could have imagined.  

14 Replies to “Photo Heart Connection for May”

  1. I like the way that this crumbling old house has incited you to write about certain feelinsgs of emptiness that you experience from time to time. The old house tells you that nothing is permanent, all is temporary and those lonely times in our lives will pass on. It is often in those "empty moments" that we can recognize essential and important things and be grateful for them, and you mention the sincere gratitude you have for your husband and family and friends.
    I also went to see "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and just loved it! So many good lines in the film and observations and marvellous actors!
    Have a lovely Sunday, it's raining here. Yippee! I can do crochet and read!

  2. That you for this beautiful reflection on loneliness. You are right, we all feel it in our lives at one time or another. And the idea that we may appreciate being alone and be sad for our loneliness at the same time is something to ponder. Your beautiful image does speak of sadness and loneliness. I am glad that you can capture that emotion with your camera, even if you aren't feeling it in your heart! Great Photo-Heart Connection this month.

  3. What a hauntingly beautiful photo. I can feel the sadness and loneliness, too, but I love how there is openness which to me signifies hope. All it takes is for someone to come in.

  4. What a wonderful interpretation of your striking image! It's true we all experience loneliness some time or another, it's part of the human condition. You are the third person who mentioned the movie to me this weekend — guess I'd better see it.

  5. A beautiful image and not only do I see lonliness but a little abandonment too. And yes, I'm sure we have all felt like that at one time or another, I know I have. Thank you so much for sharing!

  6. Your photo caught my eye immediately; I am drawn to these sorts of places and wonder what stories they could tell me. Gorgeous shot!

  7. I've always been fascinated with images of old abandoned buildings! I wish they could tell their stories! Wonderful words on loneliness! We do all experience it from time to time and we each must choose how to deal with it!

  8. A compelling image of stark beauty. I can completely understand the pull it had on your heart. Such a well-written post about how loneliness is sometimes a part of life. You always bring your heart and emotions to your images and writing. I greatly appreciate what you share.

  9. Your images do so appeal to me-this no exception. I find a sense of loneliness in my images often. They don't feel lonely, nor do I, when I take them, but reviewed at a later time I do see that. I guess you're right-it is a normal part of life.
    sometimes an abadoned crumbling building like this can make me sad, imagining the lives lived in it-now surely gone.
    Wonderful capture and thoughts this month.

  10. Wonderful image and reflection on loneliness… I've been very intriqued by the ads for that movie, I just might have to go see it!

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