Waiting to be a Lioness

Yes that’s right!
I’m looking at you!
Don’t be so coy.
Hey, wait!
Don’t stamp me out!
I just want to talk!

Everyone is saying different things to me
They don’t give themselves enough credit
when they look at their own reflections 
Sometimes they, much to their chagrin
see something else entirely
like you are now

In time
be courageous
Am I waiting to be
who I think I already am
or who they think I am?
Do you believe in
what you see?
what you feel?
Am I living a lie
encased in this reflection?

In response to:

  • Laura Bailey’s Maniac Monday 3-way Prompt: Waiting
  • Word of the Day Challenge: Chagrin
  • FOWC with Fandango: Credit
  • Baldy Blog: The Lion King – discusses how lions are a vulnerable species

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30 Comments Add yours

  1. Fantastic title, picture and poem. 🙂

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! Ideas and experiences just congealed together in this piece today. 😊

  2. harper1852 says:

    Should I admit that I’m not sure what you’re saying? At least I’m honest.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      That’s okay! I’m glad you told me so. It has to do more with what we sometimes say to ourselves when we look in the mirror. My boss once told me that every morning she tells herself that she is beautiful despite society telling her she isn’t. Sometimes teenagers are really hard on themselves telling themselves that they’re ugly as they are trying to reach impossible standards.

      There is a picture of a cat staring at its reflection in the puddle and is surprised to see a lion staring back at her trying to have a conversation with her.

      1. harper1852 says:

        It was me not you. I hadn’t had any coffee. I’m sorry

      2. theresaly520 says:

        No worries! Sometimes it can be hard to understand from another’s perspective ❤

  3. harper1852 says:

    Ok. I got it. Just woke up. Brain not functioning. Very clever analogy. Love the picture too. It’s perfect.

  4. Sana says:

    Identity crisis. A thing that probably hits us all at some point or other. You’ve put it all in just a few simple lines. Well done Sa!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Another blogger once told me, “Throughout life, it seems we reinvent ourselves. Child, student, worker, spouse, parent,… grandparent. Evolution is not always easy, but I would rather move forward than back” 🙂

      1. Sana says:

        Wow that’s a very different approach to see it. I’m glad you shared it with me. So we can just simply change our roles according to the situational needs. Yep! I guess that’s how it should be. 🍁

  5. Wonderful questions to ponder! 🙂
    Sadly I think many of us see something different in our own reflections than the rest of the world sees. Usually, the world (especially our friends and family) see the amazing individuals that we are, while we see all our “flaws,” which I lovingly refer to as my beautiful imperfections that make me the magical unicorn that I am. 😉 ❤️

    1. theresaly520 says:

      I’m just imagining an episode of My Little Pony! You have so much self-love! I was chatting another blogger about loving unconditionally. She feels that it can change so much. ❤

  6. Our own reflection is not always perfect, though we strive to make it so. We are our own critique, should we be more lenient on ourselves?
    Great picture and poem, I really enjoyed this and the questions.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! You posed an interesting question. Being lenient feels good, but I wonder if our critique helps us move forward or if it hinders us. But maybe, the first priority is acceptance.

      1. Our critique is a hindrance, indeed we do need acceptance to be a priority. Changing our mind set and moving forward with more acceptance.

  7. harper1852 says:

    I had some coffee, woke up and it all came together beautifully. Including the picture

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! It’s good to jolt your system with a warm beverage and breakfast. Your body will appreciate the fuel you’ll give it and be the best it can be. 🙂

  8. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    You have a way with words 🤥

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! Sharing these short stories and poems makes me wonder about your 1st question on the Q&A tag a bit. 🙂

      1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        Good stuff! Keep writing!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! I love finding images to go with my creations. Those discoveries excite me as if I’m going on a treasure hunt! 🙂

  9. Lwbut says:

    The woMan in the mirror!

    The perception of our present leads into the perception of our future and is built upon those of our past – we are all ongoing creations!

    WE are co-creators, with each other, and with God (or so i believe!) if we see good things in us they will be built upon, if we see the bad that too may be ‘built’ upon.

    We have more power over our destiny than many think they do. We just need reminding of this fact – frequently.

    As we can build up ourselves we also have some ability to help build up others. The converse is also true. 😦

    Just an observation on your Theme in WP – the left ‘side’ picture is somewhat obscured by the post title and it did not show in the main column here as it does with the flower photos. I only realised the kitty was seeing a lion reflected when you mentioned it in a comment above! The ‘waiting’ part had been lost to me originally. 🙂

    Bye for now Sa ! 🙂

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thanks for letting me know! I think the WP readers show something different than if you enter my website: theresaly520.wordpress.com

      Your comment about the woMan reminded me of this poem: https://innervoiceactor.wordpress.com/2018/10/03/i-am-a-wowman/

      I wonder how powerful our perception is in affecting our futures. Evolution is a fascinating process, even today adjusting to various versions of right or wrong. I was thinking about forming a post about objective/subjective morality… but just pondering on many phil. questions now. 🙂

      1. Lwbut says:

        Great Poem, thank you for the link! 🙂

        It would be interesting to know how much research has been done into how our attitudes are affected by, or how they determine our perceptions, what we ‘see’ in ourselves and in the world we live in.

        There is a perpetual ‘feedback loop’ of how we see things determining how we feel about them and what we do as a result which then gets reinforced the more times each action is undertaken.

        I think we have far more power over how we ‘choose’ to see ourselves and our lives as a result, and even with the things we ‘surround’ ourselves with, than we can usually recognise.

        I think we build our futures largely upon the ‘bones’ we built in our pasts. 🙂 It may take a quite considerable Jolt to shake us to the point where we can make a better future for ourselves than the past we have made this far?

  10. Jade M. Wong says:

    “Am I waiting to be
    who I think I already am…”
    ^ I love this. Such a profound question. That entire last stanza of yours is extremely thought-provoking, but these two lines just jumped at me.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! I’m glad that my thoughts have touched you in some manner. 🙂

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