ten years ago ~ what has changed ... what has remained

It is on this day, ten years ago, that I was dancing … dancing with blissful abandon … dancing in celebration
Celebration – of my own wedding
My father was there – my mother refused
My siblings in another country – not there to take part
My friends, so close to my heart – there! they could not refuse
The man of my affections, my partner of choice
The man by my side, his name became mine
His family – I had grown to love as my own
Our friends, with smiles – a party was thrown

My world complete, my world turning round
The axis on which it turned, the universe in which it revolved
- love
- Love!
I do not care what anybody says – I do not care what anybody thinks
It is love that makes the world go round!
It is love!

And what has happened since
Where have I been
What have I seen

Today, ten years ago, I was in a small town with no more than three traffic lights to it’s name … a small town called Greytown … south of the equator, yes a beautiful country … a country called South Africa
Today, ten years today, I am in a city with traffic lights too many to count … in a big city called London … north of the equator, yes in a beautiful country … a country called England
Oh the contrasts!
Oh the riches – the riches in the contrasts!

So what has happened since
Where have I been
What have I seen

I have moved, I have moved, time and time again. From small towns to big towns, to farms, to towns to cities … I have moved.
I have seen hills and valleys, forests and rivers, coastlines, the sea and sand …
I have seen Vic Falls from up above and down below
Seen the power of the rapids of the river and also felt the gentleness of the river as it allowed me to idly cruise and drift along … to watch … yet another sunset … another sunset … another sunset over the waters of the earth
I have visited some countries and visited some people … each with a story … each with hi-story … each with character, each with personality … oh the delights!
The sights
The tastes
The sounds

So what has happened since
Where have I been
What have I seen

My mother has made the transition – left her body, sent her soul on up ahead
My father with a partner – a lady who is lovely and kind
My father-in-law has made the transition – left his body and allowed is soul to move on
My mother-in-law no longer my-mother-in-law as my husband is now my ex.
My siblings in another country – so close to my heart
My friends – some close, some far apart

So what has happened since
Where have I been
What have I seen

I have moved, I have moved, time and yet again
I have traveled and I have stayed
I have experienced country, I have experienced culture
I have worked and I have played
I have felt angry and I have felt betrayed
I have loved, wanting to hold, and I have loved, and let go
I have floated on dreams so high, and yet, as some got crushed or some got shattered I have fallen from the sky

So what has happened since
Where have I been
What have I seen

It is ten years on … ten long years … ten short years … ten years all the same
I sit here today … and I look back
I reflect
I look in the mirror … I look inside my heart
It is ten years on and it is today that I dance – I dance to celebrate
I look back and I look within … I look forward and I look within …
What I see fills me with joy – a joy so profound
It is today that I dance – I dance because I celebrate

So what has happened since
Where have I been
What have I seen

It has happened all along …
what I have seen …
where I have been …
It is ever present in my life …
I look back
and I see
I have lived!
I have lived the last ten years of my life
and I have loved the last ten years of my life!
And oh god! how rich these times have been! Rich through the contrast – rich through the living!

My world is complete, my world is turning round
The axis on which it turns, the universe in which it revolves
- love
- Love!
I do not care what anybody says – I do not care what anybody thinks
It is love that makes the world go round!
It is love!

Love for the living!

ten years ago ~ what has changed ... what has remained

BettinaSchwarz

Joined October 2008

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Artist's Description

It is with an attitude of gratitude that I have written this piece … looking back and truly feeling joy at everything that has been, because it is through everything that has been that I am where I am … and I am loving where I am because it;s allowing me to go where I plan to go :)

Life is indeed a journey and it’s not really ever about the destination … oh how glorious!

Thank you for being part of this journey … hope you’re enjoying the ride as much from your side as I am from mine!!

The reason for sharing here? … have a peek at the last ten years of your life :) … come on – I dare you! So what makes your world go round?

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