I’m trying to decide on my favourite photo. I’ve sat staring at this image for quite some time now. Is it incomplete or is it complete in so many ways? What story does it tell? Whose story is it to tell? Does this tail tell many tales?
Here is what I do know:
It defines balance. In a world where our pan balances never seem to reach equilibrium and we are faced with so much uncertainty, daily; we all look for “the perfect balance.” It is the fine line between money and happiness, failure and success, working hard and playing hard. A constant struggle. This tail, though perfectly balanced now, can fall off, and isn’t always perfectly positioned along a comfortable branch. But for a moment – for this moment – the balance is just right and it took a lot of dedication and persistence to perfect it.
It shows a relationship. The Marula branch provides safety, a place to rest and it gets nothing in return. Love, partnership, friendship and kinship. Probably the most desired aspects of our human lives. We long for support from one another and require it too. That very support that has no strings attached and the innate relationship this picture shows can sometimes save lives, allow an escape and bring strength. We don’t know why the leopard decided to climb that tree that day. The tree was there, selfless. We can be like the tree, be there for the people around us. Just be.
It displays beauty. If I can stare, so can you. We are fascinated by things that are beautiful; moments, nature’s wonders and people. Beautiful things encapsulate us, sometimes inspire us. But what I see as beautiful may not be beautiful to you. What’s important is to see it in as much as possible. See it in the tree, in the leopard itself, the panoramic surrounds, the agglomeration of sounds or even the people you share the moment with. Be enchanted by all the beauty around you.
It signifies difference. Each individual leopard has their own unique pattern; meaning every leopard with its own genetic line and inimitable story. All of us are different, having a matchless purpose here on earth and we look different too. If I were you and you were me, how would we find balance? How would we build a relationship? How could we see the beauty? It is good to be different and even better to make a difference.
This leopard is the individual it is and creates its own path. Create yours.
One image and it’s yours to interpret.
Your tales are different to mine but this tail can tell your story too. An image so incomplete but complete in its own way.