Life’s a maze

heartsamaze, 9"x12", marker on Aquabee Super Deluxe 93-lb Sketch paper

heartsamaze, 9"x12", marker on Aquabee Super Deluxe 93-lb Sketch paper

Life is complicated, no doubt about it! And love? Oh, boy, even more so! Which perhaps explains why when someone is heartbroken, his/her life as a whole gets affected, too, in the process.
I see love relationships in particular as somewhat akin to mazes. At times I can see clearly the path ahead, while in some instances I get turned back by an immovable wall! But whatever challenges or obstructions lie ahead, my objective is to find a way to move forward toward a prized goal! I am motivated by the belief that there is always a way to make wrong things right. And this is exactly “the way”– the one and only correct path– upon which I set out to take. Life is a labyrinth of hits and misses, successes and failures. But if I learn consistently from my mistakes, I’m hopeful I’ll make my life easier by growing up wiser.
I like to think that I am Sam, Robert De Niro’s character in the 1998 movie, Ronin. In one scene, Deirdre (the character played by Natascha McElhone), upon seeing Sam retrieving his gun which he previously hid behind some crates, asked him, “What exactly were you doin’ back here?” To which Sam replied, “Lady, I never walk into a place I don’t know how to walk out of.” (Yeah! That’s what I’m talkin’ about!) 😀
Well, I drew the maze above in the form of a heart. Partly because whenever I think of relationships, I also think about confusion. 🙂 But mostly, I used the symbolism of a heart to affirm that while love may be a mystery to some, it is also, without a shadow of a doubt, a miracle to most!

The maze is very simple. I drew it rather easily, so it shouldn’t prove any more puzzling than what it appears to be. All you have to do is choose which entrance, in your opinion, will take you from one side of the heart to the other side and then back! The important thing is you must complete your chosen route– without doubling back and, of course, uninterrupted– by also coming out of the entry point from which you came in before. And, you have to be able to read the message spelled out along the route. Good luck!

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When it pours, it’s rain!

when it pours, it's rain, 12″x9″, pastel pencil on Canson 140-lb cold press watercolor pad

when it pours, it's rain, 12″x9″, pastel pencil on Canson 140-lb cold press watercolor pad

Life is funny in that it’s never really life– or alive– if there’s no tear behind every joy, rebirth after death, or strength after a fall. It’s like being taught a difficult lesson– mind-numbing but ultimately fulfilling. When life strikes you with its hardest blows, take as much as you can– knowing that when you survive these, you won’t fall for them anymore the next time they come around. Indeed, when it rains, it pours! Oh yes, life is a cycle of challenges! A cycle that is bound to repeat itself as long as you’re alive. Whether you experience the downs or the ups yourself, or see them in others, you’ll have to deal with them one way or the other. If you learn from your mistakes, you become wiser than ever! The cliche though is, if life teaches you a lesson by humbling you, then you just have to accept it at face value! Start slaying pride with humility– be humble, learn your lesson and, most importantly, be grateful to the Lord! Because the next time it pours, it’s no longer to teach you a lesson, but to remind you it’s just rain. And you forgot to bring your umbrella (ella ella, eh eh eh…)!