Every so often, we are sent amazing guest posts from real people in Houston who want to share their perspective on life and tell their story. We welcome all of those submissions, and this one in particular is poignant for this time of year. The circle of life can mean so many things, but with a New Year starting in a few days, we thought you would enjoy this just vibing Guest Poster’s view on The Circle of Life.
The Circle of Life
It’s interesting how life is a circle. We don’t end up in the same place we started, but everything is cyclical. Just the saying, what goes around comes around, and in this case around and around again, speaks volumes.
The circle is a universal symbol for many things. It’s the symbol for a wedding band, that never-ending circle of love that can’t be broken. The circle defines the earth and the sun and how they orbit each other. The circle can be a metaphor for the life cycle, we are born and are raised by our parents, become parents, take care of our parents while raising our kids and then our children take care of us, and the circle continues. And, the circle is also the shape of a cookie.
If my circle of life were to be drawn out, it would look like one of those spirograms that have many circles inside of circles inside of circles and so on, with no ending or beginning, just constant flows up and down the curves.
The thing about a circle is that it’s not easy to switch directions once you get going. The sides are smooth and arced, which means there isn’t much grip, so you have to have strength and character and will to change your direction.
Sometimes when you are on your circle you pass by others who seem to be on the same circular path as you, but the truth is, they are on the other side of the circle from you. You hope you will meet them in the middle up on the top, but you never know for sure if that will happen or not. Life can often get in the way, and anything can happen to prevent that meeting.
And, then there are those on your circle that you meet over and over. You pass by them often and each time you pass them they are an old friend welcoming you with warmth and a smile. It’s like coming home. Those are the people who are in your inner circle, and you never lose them.
I often feel as if my outer circle wants to make it to my inner circle. I even wonder how I ended up meeting back up with the outermost corners of that circle of life. And then I realize that there is a reason they are in the corner when a corner doesn’t exist in a circle.
You can’t fit a square peg into a circular hole. No matter how hard you try it just won’t fit. It didn’t fit then, and it won’t fit now. For this new year, I will continue to follow the path of my circle without getting dizzy, looking straight ahead and taking each experience and person that I meet along the same route as mine as a gift. I will enjoy the smooth ride along the edges until I make it to the middle, where I will then turn around and skate towards the outer circle again.
I will wrap my arms around my circle and embrace everyone who is inside my circle and those who wish to enter as well, my arms fit perfectly around my circle for a reason. And finally, I will spin and spin around in my circle until I get dizzy with laughter every single day, embracing the wonderful gift of life that I have been given, enjoying each moment to its fullest and falling on my back, I will gaze up at the clouds as they float by with a smile on my face and be grateful for the world and this life I have been given.