I’ve got two prompts left from my class with Kelly. This has been quite the journey. It’s freed me to journal faster. It’s helped me explore tough questions that I haven’t thought about before or perhaps because they’re topics I’ve avoided consciously or unconsciously. This particular page is about so much more than what I chose to write about. Visually it conveys extra layers to what is running through my mind. I don’t think of myself as a caged bird, but I do think that sometimes over thinking causes me to create imaginary cages, aka self-imposed limits. I’m trying to be as awake and aware as possible in all areas of my life and what this means is that sometimes I come across things that are unexpected or not so pleasant. I have immense joy in my life right now and even that is punctuated by a tinge of sorrow for things that have been lost or didn’t go as planned. I think it’s human to look backward every once in a while. It only becomes unhealthy when we dwell on that which we cannot change. Looking backwards teaches us perspective about what we’ve learned. My life lessons have been pretty big, perhaps not as big as some, but I’ve definitely been through much more in my life that is significant than I mention to anyone. I keep it to myself. It is a conversation I have inside. I am listening to my soul.