Why are there snow covered hills in my blog picture, and why do I keep seeing them?

Landslide

Fleetwood Mac

I took my love, I took it down
Climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
‘Til the landslide brought me down

Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changin’ ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
Mmm

Well, I’ve been ‘fraid of changin’
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m gettin’ older, too

Well, I’ve been ‘fraid of changin’
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m gettin’ older, too
I’m gettin’ older, too

Ah, take my love, take it down
Oh, climb a mountain and turn around
And if you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well, the landslide will bring it down
And if you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well, the landslide will bring it down
Oh, the landslide will bring it down

Songwriters: Stevie Nicks

Landslide lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

So, this is where the subtext for my blog site comes from.  The song has played over and over within me for years. As a young woman, I wondered how I would handle the seasons of my life, and how I would hold on to the innocence, love, and joy of the child within.  I always loved that line “But time makes you bolder, even children get older…. Now, I’m getting older too” It seemed to reassure that time would provide me the tools I would need to handle whatever life threw my way.  And I also still love the acknowledgement of the aging process as a completely natural event. I am getting older too and I am so grateful for that opportunity. Aging can be a gift that not everyone receives.

In the end, we all face the landslide  But our reflection….the way we are seen, not in isolation, but rather  against life’s backdrop, remains. “I’ve been ‘fraid of changin… Cause I’ve built my life around you    This reminds me of “Who Moved My Cheese?” Change comes hard. When your every thought has a sentimental entanglement somewhere and you build a world for yourself where you know where to guide your heart and you are at peace, and at home… this world can be built around your soulmate, around your child, and/or around all of our children  at school every day and their resilience But sometimes life pushes us in another direction This is not because we care one bit less about the centers of our world, but because the seasons of our life are just that- seasons and inherent in that is change.

For me, this blog is my first attempt at delving into that reflection in the snow covered hills to see what I will find reflected there myself, and to see what I can share with others, and what they will share with me.  . Will it help me change, since I know change is hard for me? Will constant writing help me grow, release the child within and nurture the adult who grows older sailing through the changin ocean tide?

As I write the song plays softly in the background….

10 thoughts on “Why are there snow covered hills in my blog picture, and why do I keep seeing them?

  1. The history of your blog title is so intriguing – how well chosen for a writer, with its focus on “reflection.” Your post really speaks to the staying power of songs, and, in this case, growing older. I love the point about acknowledging the aging process as a completely natural event. As in, face it, embrace it. I think of Robert Browning: “Grow old with me! The best is yet to be.” This is a lovely blog – and, yes, those prefect descriptors “release” and “nurture” are exactly what your writing will accomplish for your inner child and your writer self!

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    1. I feel at one with your Robert Browning quote. Just these few days of disciplining myself to write have given me a certain inner peace, beyond what I expected. Thanks for taking the time to respond.

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  2. I can’t wait to read more about what you discover as you self examine your reflection in those snow covered hills. BTW- I LOVE Fleetwood Mac’s, “Landslide!”

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  3. WOW!! Thanks for sharing the song that inspires your blog image. Your writing inspires me to really look at the reflect. My favorite line: In the end, we all face the landslide But our reflection….the way we are seen, not in isolation, but rather against life’s backdrop, remains

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  4. Change is hard! One thing that I like about blogging is that it allows me to track my life. It even shows how my thinking has changed and evolved over time. It will be interesting to see if you find this to be true for you, too. Enjoy this time and enjoy writing!

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  5. I’ve been wondering where you took the picture for your blog image and I love the connection you shared with the song, so I took a moment and listened to it. Very inspiring! I’m intrigued with how you chose ‘irish day break’ too. 🙂

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    1. I found the picture on the internet. I have spent a fair amount of time out west, since ,,y daughter lives in Arizone, and previously in Utah. However these mountains, I found online.
      I have used Irishdaybreak for years in various places where I needed a name or an identification of some sort. . I am attached to my Irish culture, in part as a bond to family. I guess I should say American-Irish since there is a difference I have shared that connection with my own children and my students over the years. I was just thinking about Ireland and how peaceful and lush it is first thing in the morning and that is what came to me.

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      1. I LOVE it…and thank you for sharing with me. I would not change it to say American Irish. I feel a huge pull toward Ireland, though I’ve never been; I’ve read books and know that I have some heritage (a teeny tiny bit) from there. 🙂

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      2. I have been there a couple times, but not in years. 3 of my 4 grandparents were born there. You are Irish in spirit, so you are officially adopted into the culture:)

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