Dreaming in the Darkness

Darkness absorbed the passage way, making it seem endless. They had forgotten to leave the light on for me. Terror gripped my small body, and I shakily made a run for it around the corner to my parents bedroom, tearful and fearful.

That was me as a child.

Now I seem more inclined to pretend I am lead singer for Simon and Garfunkel as I belt out loudly, “Hello darkness my old friend”.

‘Dark Love’ for me is a combination of self esteem issues and bad experiences.

I do know, however, that I now find comfort in the darkness.

The dark makes me feel beautiful – in the harsh light of day I see every flaw…and I feel like everyone else does too. I sometimes forget that we all have flaws, and that nobody is perfect.

Darkness reminds me that (in the words of my daughters ultimate favourite, which has been read, and watched, excessively in our house)


Darkness actually gives me a sense of hope, because a small flickering light can banish that darkness.
(And I still feel beautiful in that small flickering light πŸ˜‰ )

Darkness always ignites in people an assumption of evil – mythicalΒ (or not so mythical, depending on what you believe) creatures; spirits and spells; the unknown.
We tend to associate darkness with all things negative.

Advancing technology has robbed us of the dark, in a way. It’s turned everywhere into a ‘city that never sleeps’. Computer lights, cellphone lights, battery powered, solar powered – you can no longer properly appreciate the night sky unless you’re in the middle of the river, in the middle of nowhere, on a boat. (I was there, in a boat, a few weeks back – and I was reminded of how to appreciate the exquisiteness of the stars.)
As a young teen, when our streets were still safe, we’d walk an hour to an out-of-town golf course, and just lie there, mesmerized by the beauty beheld in the night sky.

We need to see the darkness in a different light πŸ˜‰

It is a time to think and dream – a birthing place for faith and determination.
It is a place of love and imagination.

And when it closes in and brings feelings of negativity….
Remember that it takes only a small light – focus on one good thing.

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And keep dreaming!




7 thoughts on “Dreaming in the Darkness

  1. “We need to see the darkness in a different light.”

    Very good! πŸ˜‰

    I completely agree about the modern city dwelling losing the ability to appreciate the night sky – i’ve been an amateur astronomer for decades, since i was 8 and got my first telescope.

    Now i have a camera that lets me capture the beauty of the moon and planets so i can post it on my blog (still one or two bugs to work out), but it’s rare to be able to see and appreciate our galaxy as we are supposed to. 😦

    I tend to associate the word darkness more with the darkness of mankind’s soul – the evil in our hearts, based upon fear and ignorance, jealousy and hatred.

    I prefer, wherever possible, to think and believe in the Light that Love can bring into this sometimes dark world.

    Darkness might seem like a friend, but the Light is my lover. πŸ™‚

    Funny how nature ensures our world gets an equal share of both over one year?

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    1. So very true – all of it πŸ˜‰
      Thank you for the comment πŸ™‚
      My daughter loves photography – a teen professional, she likes to think πŸ˜‰ She’d love a camera that would allow her to capture the moon’s beauty πŸ™‚ She’s already calculating how many years, months and days she has to wait to be able to legally earn money and start saving for things such as that πŸ˜‰
      Love most certainly conquers all… and when correctly shown, can bring light to even dark souls πŸ™‚

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      1. Showing love correctly – there’s the tricky bit!

        Many people can get tripped up with that particular emotion, particularly when romance gets caught up in it. πŸ˜‰

        But we’ve all been there, done that!

        I have a Nikon B700 Coolpix that has a fantastic inbuilt zoom, which i bought new for under AUD$500. It’s been superceded recently by the B1000 that would take the most incredible pictures – your daughter might consider it as a first camera for moon shots.

        Although the way things are these days most likely her camera will be able to take better pictures when she is ready to buy. πŸ™‚

        Having a good tripod would be essential though and cameras just don’t have any – that i know of?

        Hope it helps?


      2. Thank you for the camera advice. Yes, I am sure that when she is old enough and has saved enough to buy (I don’t know her exact calculation off hand, but she has about another 18 months to go) things would have evolved and camera specs will be different.
        As for your love comment – agreed. I avoid romance at all costs these days, ha! πŸ˜› πŸ˜‰

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      3. Sometimes you just gotta take a break! πŸ˜‰

        I’ve been ducking it (romantic love) since a particularly strange on-line interlude ended around 5 years ago.

        Fortunately there is still much joy to be found in displaying genuine love to our fellow human beings… or animals for that matter. πŸ™‚ ❀

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  2. I’ve been ‘completely’ single for three years now – no dating, no hook ups/one night stands.
    It’s not intentional… not really, anyway. It’s an extremely long and complicated, very involved story. The crux of it being that the very worst relationship ended, causing severe trauma and anxiety, and then I intentionally DID take a 5 year break.
    Re-entered the dating game, which lasted a few months, and then backed off again.
    Three years of backing under my belt πŸ˜›
    I actually read, and commented, on a blog post this morning which pretty much defined exactly where I am at the moment : I’ve grown. It took time, but I allowed the pain to have some worth and looked at what it needed to teach me. What I could learn. What I was lacking, and what wisdom could come from that awful place I was in. And now, when it comes to romance, I refuse to ‘just settle because’.
    I have not closed the door on future romance – it may be out there, and there may still be a chance for me to find a significant other to share my life with.
    Much to my best friends horror though, and amidst utterances of β€˜but you’re still young’, if it ISN’T out there….then I am okay with that too.

    As for other types of love – not the romantic kind? People, and animals, matter to me. Lives matter. A little bit of love can go a long way. And I have plenty of it to give. There are so many ways to love, and scatter it and it’s very time consuming…. but I can’t imagine anything better to be busy with πŸ™‚

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