I like old and rusty things, so sometimes I go out with the purpose of photographing old, rusty things. It’s quite obvious the photo above was edited, I was going for an artistic feel to convey chains as a symbol or metaphor. When I took the photo, I was thinking of things in life that maybe hold us down or hold us back from what we want to do or who we want to be. It can be seemingly insignificant things like fear, lack of confidence and insecurities, or something more serious like a long-standing addiction. We’ve all experienced it in some way or another. What I’ve found is that although I have great people around me for support, all they can do is to support. But if I want to “break the chains”, I have to make a conscious decision to do something about it when it might be easier to pass the blame. It’s a hard truth and a battle of the wills. And sometimes that’s the scary thing – to realize that your life is in your hands and that you’re responsible for your decisions. The trick is recognizing and admitting what our problem is so we can do something about it.
Even if it’s as trivial as indulging myself in all things sweet and chocolate, while consciously abstaining from any kind of physical activity. I hold my hands up, I’m guilty, I admit it. New Year’s Resolution – time to hit the gym I think (this always happens at Christmas time).
All this rambling from one photo. I should stop thinking so much.
We often traverse through life,
Weighed down, burdened,
Bound by what we allow to be.
But if we alone forge the chains that bind us,
Perhaps only we can set us free.
Any act often repeated soon forms a habit; and habit allowed, steady gains in strength, At first it may be but as a spider’s web, easily broken through, but if not resisted it soon binds us with chains of steel. ~Tryon Edwards