Līgo Haibun Challenge – Once Upon A Time


There is a choice between two photos on the Līgo Haibun Challenge this week and my thoughts ended up wandering around this one…

Once upon a time I believed in so many things…naively and innocently. The good always winning over the evil. In dragons, magic power and super heroes. That animals could speak and the golden fish could grant wishes. In mermaids being able not only to swim but also to walk. The Snow Queen turning somebody’ s heart in ice. That it takes a single kiss to wake one up from a hundred years long sleep. In happily ever after. What a wonderful world to live in…

Now, looking back at those days, I can see how much has changed. The veil of magic has been torn off for good, and invisible, yet thick walls created around instead. To protect but from what? My own doubts and fleeting faith? Limping dreams? Disbalance between fake and real? Not losing myself? Who knows… Who knows how much those walls have been able to rescue and, more importantly, how much has managed to survive inside them. I didn’ t ask for those changes years brought along but then nobody does. Life simply happens…just like that. And no matter how hard we would try to remain the same, that is the battle that never can be won.

Yes, once upon a time I believed…and then I grew up. Fortunately, there still are moments when I am suddenly reminded about not losing my sense of wonder, still holding onto belief and being able to appreciate the surprises life brings along. I try my best to not let it go. Even if naively…

no more fairytales
hidden between daily routines
another leap of faith

Līgo Haibun Challenge

5 thoughts on “Līgo Haibun Challenge – Once Upon A Time

  1. Suzanne is right, as usual. Walls are just another kind of magic: castle magic, impregnable shelter magic. But it’s the vulnerability that really makes a person happy, and I hope you find joy in risk and faith and leaping chances. We all need that. Warmly, Brenda


  2. Sarah Ann

    Growing up can be such a disappointment. I really like the line, ‘The veil of magic has been torn off for good,..’ We just have to creep back behind it and hold on to childish things whenever the opportunity arises.


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