-F. Scott Fitzgerald
So this week's post might take a little bit of an explanation since the image has a more personal meaning to me than my usual drawings. I chose this quote and image on the 14th of this month (October) in memory of my brother on what would've been his 29th birthday. He passed away just before he was 25, and I know that changed things for me and for a lot of other people.
I generally want my weekly drawings to be uplifting for someone to come across because we are bombarded by bad news so often. I figured we could use something a little more useful. I hope I can use my individual talents to bring the people I come in contact with something inspiring instead of despairing. So why do I find this potentially melancholy love quote inspiring?
It embodied something I never thought to put into words, or knew how to.
My family is my treasure. So are my friends and a great deal of acquaintances (and my pets for sure). In this drawing I depicted three hearts representing people I love. They are worn like a necklace, like three precious jewels close to my heart. This necklace continues to bear more hearts the longer I live my life.
This quote inspires me to keep loving. I believe no matter what we lose there is something, though different, as beautiful to gain again.
To me this drawing is about new chances, new friends, new family and beginnings. This image represents all the potential the future holds, while honoring the past. It hurts when we lose who we love. I would even say it can damage us in a way that can never really heal. So we remember. Sometimes we remember often, or we may tuck a memory further away, but we don't forget.
To further emphasize the hope I found in these words, I happened to run across a Yahoo Answers comment while researching this quote which I thought summed it up quite perfectly.
"[This quote] is not against second chances, just identical chances.." - Dianne Wallace link.
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American writer of novels and short stories, whose works have been seen as evocative of the Jazz Age, a term he himself allegedly coined. He is regarded as one of the greatest twentieth century writers. Fitzgerald was of the self-styled "Lost Generation," Americans born in the 1890s who came of age during World War I. He finished four novels, left a fifth unfinished, and wrote dozens of short stories that treat themes of youth, despair, and age. He was married to Zelda Fitzgerald. [Goodreads]