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On life's footnotes

Life unfolds in a series of footnotes.

Subtle annotations we add to the margins of our existence with each experience and lesson learned: the whispers of wisdom, the echoes of laughter, the imprints of pain.

Often overlooked in the grand narrative, they shape the contours of our journey and add texture to our individual stories.

In the attempt to showcase a flawless picture of ourselves, it can be tempting to edit out the messy, unresolved aspects of our lives. Yet it’s in the unpolished footnotes that the richness of our experience lies. 

These footnotes are the threads that weave together who we really are, like a scrapbook.

Imperfect brushstrokes that create the artwork of our life. Reminders of our resilience and capacity for growth. Testaments to endurance, tenacity and the strength that emerges from facing adversity. 

Reading between the lines and acknowledging the value of our footnotes, we can find solace in the imperfect, the unedited and the unresolved. 

And appreciate the beauty of the incomplete, ever-evolving story that is our life. 

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