Life Changes

 

Part of my difficulty in moving on after redundancy is accepting that things change. I created this picture as a way to engage with the fact that most things around us change as we travel through life. I chose to include most aspects of life that change because these changes are something that we must all grapple with and come to terms with. I have left out intimate relationships because this isn’t something I can relate to.

The text in the image is as follows:

We take our first breath

Dependent upon our parents

Our body grows

We go to school

We develop our skills

We make friends

We experiment

We discover our own desires

Our bodies mature

We leave our childhood home

Our friends move away

We seek a career

We live with peers

Our grandparents die

We start a job

We move into our own home

Working practices evolve

Working roles change

Colleagues leave

New colleagues arrive

Friends drift away

New friendships are formed

Our parents age

Our income changes

We leave a job

We move to a new area

Prices rise

Music changes

Peers die prematurely

Our children arrive

We change career

Neighbours come and go

Transportation options change

Our diet changes

Entertainment options change

Fashions change

Our desires change

Our beliefs evolve

Our minds mature

We begin to grey

Routines change

The buildings around us change

Shops close and new ones open

Old haunts disappear

Our children grow up

Our bodies begin to fail

Friendships continue to begin, mature and end

Our leaders change

Society’s beliefs evolve

Technology advances

Our parents die

Our children leave home

We retire

Grandchildren arrive

We become more dependent on others

We take our last breath

We travel through life with only the constant companion of our breath and our beating heart.

© northernrose17 and A Therapeutic Art Journey, 2016. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to northernrose17 and A Therapeutic Art Journey with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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