LADY IN BLOOM; PETAL BY PETAL
Having chased after and working hard at my goals for over 10 years, I’m slowing down, recollecting, discovering new passions. I’ve never been here before but my, it’s a moment of reflection unlike any other. I doubt I’ll get to do this again any time soon, so I’m savouring the life lessons I’m coming across, bitter and sweet.
Pushing pause when it feels like everyone around you is in bloom season may seem impracticable to other people, it might even frighten you, but I prefer to look at it as though I’m working on a vast garden, watering the flowers, nurturing them petal by petal until they’re in full bloom.
Pruning, watering, carefully creating a masterpiece. Taking my time to get it right so that when it’s time to bloom, I’ve worked towards the big reveal and allowed myself to open up organically, to myself and to others.
Don’t mistake your slowing down for withering; you’re not stepping out, you’re stepping back. Allow yourself to reign it all in and carry on once you’ve found your bearings. I don’t have the answers and the experience but what I know for sure is that every flower blooms at a different pace. The same goes for you 🌺
Photography: Lyra Aoko