One of the things I love about living in this part of Asia is the super-abundance of dragonflies. They are just so beautifully elegant to watch in flight. I am always amazed at their diversity, the huge range of colours and markings they come with.
Many people believe in animal symbolism and animals as totems. There is a wealth of symbolism and meaning – both good and bad – associated with dragonflies. Love, death, freedom, happiness and courage being just some of them. It is often said that a dragonfly will appear in your life to convey a message to you.
With my rational, nature-geek head on, I know that dragonflies appear often in my life because I happen to live and/or holiday in areas rich in habitats which are dragonfly and dragonfly larvae friendly. But then, according to one internet source, maybe it is my ‘rational’ side that needs addressing:
“If you’re being too rational and detached, the dragonfly’s appearance may symbolize the need for you to reconnect with the emotional aspect of yourself, to not be bogged down, to take flight and be free, to shed burdens and dance in the winds of life.”
I’m not a believer in animal symbolism, although I do find it interesting reading. I certainly like the idea of freedom to dance in the winds of life! So that’s my take on Ailsa’s ‘freedom’ travel theme this week.