Break The Chains

The Chains

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.

Rusty Chains

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


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    December 31, 2010

    Great post and great shots, Sharon. So true, we are ultimately the ones in charge of our own lives, and our loved ones, no matter how close they are, can only give support. As a mom, I don’t look forward to the day my babies spread their wings and fly, but in a way I also do look forward to their independence. It’s ironic, you teach your children their whole lives to be independent, and when you finally realize they don’t need you anymore, a part of you is sad, but happy at the same time.
    It’s a great feeling to break those chains that surpress us, but depending on the situation, sometimes those chains were there for a reason. Thanks for sharing this, Sharon.

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      Sharon Moh

      January 1, 2011

      Thanks LeQuan :). I understand what you mean about “flying the nest” though I suppose I won’t fully understand until I have kids myself one day. But I think it’s a totally normally feeling! And that’s an interesting point about sometimes chains being there for a reason. That’s given me another perspective on this subject :).

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    January 18, 2011

    hi Sharon, thank you for your lovely comment on my blog.
    Your blog is so nice, when I look to your post it makes me hungry! I am your new follower, kiss x

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      Sharon Moh

      January 18, 2011

      Thanks Fanny! :) You’ve got a great blog too. When I become a mom one day, I’d be looking to you for advice and hope to look as good! Love your style ;)

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