A Beautiful Panorama

by Kale

Most of our life is a series of images. They pass us by like towns on the highway. But sometimes a moment stuns us as it happens and we know that this instant is more than a fleeting image. We know that this moment, every part of it – will live on forever.

– Lucas Scott, One Tree Hill, Season 3, Episode 14, All Tomorrow’s Parties

A few things in this world are inevitable – such things we can’t run away from, we can’t hide from, we can’t escape from. But at the end of the day, only two of those which are inevitable truly matter: change and life.

Most of us would agree that change is the only thing permanent in this world. But most would also forget what it means for change to be permanent, would not acknowledge its power, would fail to see it for what it’s worth.

Everything can only stay so long. All the best movies in the world end. The most excellent books ever written have an end. Every great song ends. And that’s exactly what makes them so special. If we can hold on to them forever, the threads that make them so beautiful will soon be cut away. And everything about them withers away.

But if we learn to appreciate change, we also learn to appreciate everything around us. We learn to not just sit by and take things forgranted. We acknowledge that they too will soon fade and that acceptance enables us to make every moment count. So that even if they may seem to be but fleeting images, at the heart of it, when we take a look back and piece them together, we see a beautiful tapestry that we were able to weave together because the knowledge of the inevitability of change helped us put brighter colours in our threads.

Now, we can all agree that change is inevitable but not everyone will live by it. Some will try to live in what might have been forgetting that there is still life ahead of them that is simply waiting to be lived. Just as change is inevitable, so is life. It happens. We can’t push it back, we can’t stop it, we can’t wish it away.

Try as anyone might, life cannot be avoided. It is there. And we must live it. The worst may come and we must face it head-on armed with the knowledge that, just as a favourite song ends, the worst will end, too. Change gives us that. However, just as the worst ends, the best may come and it, too, will end. But that doesn’t mean that we should hope for change to not come. The knowledge that change will soon come enables us live the best to its fullest and learn to be grateful of what we have been blessed with.

Everything comes to pass – life happens, changes occur. But if we truly accept them both, we know that, in the end, when all is laid down at the table, all the images we have created can but put together and what we will is one beautiful panorama that only life and changes could have woven together.