Cherry Blossom Festival!
Enjoyed a nice rainy visit to my local Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for the Cherry Blossom Festival! People walked, took pictures, and no doubt, many of those lovely pink, flowery trees will go viral. Why do we love them so much? Aside from seeing some bright, beautiful colors after a very long, grey winter, there is a deeper symbolic meaning behind them. It’s supposed to be a reminder of the vivid beauty of life but also it’s frailty. These flowers never last long and pink petals will often be found raining over everything until they are no more. They symbolize our own beautiful, temporal existence.
Now, I’m about to get really corny, so bear with me. I wondered what were the pink petals of my existence? I imagined it was the napkin doodles. Each of my Cherry Blossom petals would have an intricate design and a few tea stains before they drifted off into the river of nonexistence. When I was younger, I would have liked to believe that my art or my writing would lead to a life of immortality, my legacy would go on beyond my physical existence on this Earth. But maybe it’s good to feel like it’s all temporal. Then, we can live each day with new vigor and a desire to create or contribute again and again rather than feel like we are simply done.
Simply put, I am happy to continue the conversation of life, the random meanderings, and the occasional napkin doodles, even if it’s to share with a few people or no one at all. It’s the momentum of existence, not the static power of a legacy that gets me up every day in morning. That being said, I was very pleased to see that others have contributed their pink petals of existence with doodles at this festival as well. See below…
Illustrators, unknown. Found at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens on 4/26/14.
So go out, create, and continue to build your own Cherry Blossom Tree, one petal at a time.