When checking early this morning the last theme for Photo 101, I disliked it from back to front. The ‘Triumph’ word sounds full of grandeur and arrogance. Don’t ask me why; maybe a shrink can explain it better. I just perceive it as a bit Hollywoodish and over the top.
At the end of the day – and perhaps thanks to a yoga session – I made peace with this theme.
I have many blessings to count – as ‘you-know-who-your-are’ rightly so, tell me often – and I wouldn’t be here writing about them, because these are no great triumphs, but only normal highs and lows of a life’s journey, which has mostly been kind to me.
There is a special group of people, though, who I humbly pay homage to, for their efforts and achievements deservedly are ‘Triumphs’.
I dedicate my triumph photo to many warriors: belated brother Adriano, cousin Ana Paula and uncle-father Roberto, cousin Carla, fellow bloggers Paul (My Chordoma Journey) and Michael, my friend and soul-sister C, and to all cancer patients. I also include all doctors, who research and fight every day against cancer, the emperor of all maladies.
This photo is a tribute to resilience; it is a tribute to life. It is an image of self-confidence and defiance to a disease, which relentlessly tries to destroy healthy cells, but can never defeat the human spirit and will to live.
I captured this image during a ‘life-celebration’ lunch with my friend C. She has defeated colon cancer – which left sequels and restrictions to her eating habits – but she is undeterred and determined not to surrender. She enjoys every dessert she loves, every second of her life. This, is a ‘Triumph’.
“It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life.
The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated… it is finished when it surrenders.”
— Ben Stein