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There are times when you must stand alone.

We don't always get to choose our fate, and sometimes life can be downright unfair, but we stand up to the fear and suffering. Resilience must be etched into our DNA; how else can we explain how we're still here.

The courage to stand alone

Ancient teachings, religious or secular, convey the same message, life is tough, but you've got this. When I saw this lone tree stuck in a cornfield under a dreary sky, it made me think of how life always seems to find a way. Does he compare himself to other trees in the forest? Does he spite the corn for taking up so much space?

As ridiculous as that sounds, it is the basis for every tortured thought we humans have. From the time we enter the world, we are told "you're not enough," and this miracle widget will make you happy. Your grey hair will get you fired; the ageing skin will offend people. Is it any wonder we just can't be?

Trees don't cling to false notions. They branch out and grow sturdy roots keeping them upright in the toughest of times. They roll with the seasons and know when it's time to stand out and when to go to sleep.

Be a tree.


Photo details

This is one of those captures you trip over. Returning from a visit with the folks, I happened up this lonely guy. All I had was my 90mm Tamron Lens, so all the zooming to frame this was done by foot. I wanted to capture the dull, chilly day and the lines of the empty field. Sometimes the best scenes just appear.

Nikon D7500

Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro

f 13 1/500 ISO125

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