The winds of change are definitely in the air. The days are becoming drier, more sunny and very hot. There is still a good amount of rain, some torrential, but the skies are looking different. There are swathes of blue, punctuated by white, grey and inky black cloud formations. It is a beautiful time of year, the vegetation lush and rich from the rains but now set amidst bright sunshine and clouds with character and feist.
As I discussed in my last post too, it another season is newly underway. Personally, it is my anniversary season. In only two days time I will silently and sombrely recall the words which changed life forever for me and those close to me. The “this is highly suspicious of cancer” words. Those days were followed rapidly by surgery, pathology reports, chemo and all the attendant extras that these entail. It is a rough and stormy season and one which I will be glad to be on the other side of, just like a rough storm indeed.
It is also a season which is becoming increasingly divisive within what is a close and highly supportive online (and offline) community of breast cancer veterans. (Hmm – apart from the war and fighting associations – I think I might prefer veteran to survivor as a term? A veteran being anyone who has crossed over the “you have cancer” line…. just thinking out loud here). The season is of course Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) – often called Pink October. I personally believe, looking at this from a global perspective, that there is no right or wrong in terms of BCAM. The context varies wildly and we cannot prescribe for another situation. I very much disagree with hijacking a cause or issue for profit, but will never tire of trying to highlight the very different context here and the challenges for, particularly women, in the developing world.
Many winds and crosswinds are blowing during October.
So while these serious winds of change are sweeping through our lives, what better time to step back and refresh the visual image backing the blog. This time I have selected an image from my travels again, but the elements which I wish to share are ones which are universal. A sinking sun against a sky scattered with cloud formations, reflected on the water. Foliage silhouetted against the darkening sky. The mood of the sky captures the winds of the changing season and the promise of dry days and retreating rains.
This is the complete image, and very shortly (as connectivity allows) the image will appear as the background for the next few weeks.