I’m Reminded

I’m reminded,

Of my younger days… 

Growing up,

Was on my mind… 

A house, 

A yard, 

And picket fence.

The perfect mate, 

I hoped to find. 

I’m reminded,

Of growing older…

Staying young,

Was my desire…

Smooth skin,

Thin shape,


The extra income,

That this required.

I’m reminded,

Of how far I’ve come…

Looking back,

With peace today…



And awareness…

That I’ve been wishing,

My life away.

My poem is my brief version of what’s been on my mind lately. I’m tired of thinking. Ha! I’ve been focused on my Quarantine Collection and pondering the things that I’m coming to appreciate through all of it, and it finally hit me that what I really need to do right now is just STOP.

More often than not, our best ideas and experiences come to us when we’re least expecting them. We need to keep our thoughts positive—and that I truly believe—but we can’t manufacture joy or gratitude. These things come through living, not through thinking.

Anyway, the phrase “wishing my life away” has been circling round my brain and driving me nuts. My poem (and my featured image) was my way of finally expressing it. I’m leaving tomorrow to visit my sister for a week, as my summer semester has ended, and I’m not only looking forward to hanging out with her, but to her wonderful A/C. All I can say is… Yahooo!!

I may or may not post while I’m there, but I will definitely have my camera in hand while I’m enjoying some new scenery.

Until next time,
Peace & Love, and Thank You for Reading!

Word of the Day Challenge: Reminded

My featured image is a new portrait piece that I experimented with this morning. I hope you’re able to make out the girls in the photograph. It’s always hard to know. I see them because I know they are there, but fresh eyes may or may not recognize them all.

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My name is Janet, and I'm located in southern California. My blog is rather eclectic, featuring art, photography, and a little poetry, as well as short pieces of fiction (now and then). I also share about my walk of faith, and my journey through recovery from alcoholism.

29 thoughts on “I’m Reminded

  1. I do see the girls–behind dandelion fluff? Oh I’m so glad you get a vacation with A/C–yippy!! And take a break from thinking!! I remember when I was young my mom would say, don’t wish your life away. Take care, you’re in my prayers and heart ❤

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    1. Oh how funny that your mom said that!! Thank you Z, I am so excited. I was just sitting here thinking I had better start packing haha!! Stay cool! 😘❤


  2. Beautiful picture and tie in with the wishing theme. You are so right that gratitude can’t be manufactured by thinking. I hope you have a wonderful trip and lots of quality time with your sister! 💕

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  3. Your poem is a reminder to live, live, live and appreciate it all. Not was, or will be, or should be. Just NOW!

    Thanks for sharing your epiphany – it’s wonderful and beautiful and I hope gave you a sense of peace 🙏

    Wishing you a wonderful trip❤️

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    1. Much love to you! I’ll be back Thursday… thanks for being happy for me! I’ve had an awesome visit so far!! Glad you are back…. 🙂


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