Contemplating Life in Cementerio de la Recoleta

The Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina is overwhelmingly beautiful! Walking through this city of the dead, the four of us separated in the maze – our attention being drawn to different things – our paths crisscrossing every so often. Through the glass and wrought iron doors and windows, we caught glimpses of coffins. Some tombs were well cared for, others were forgotten and crumbling under dust and cobwebs. I thought about the people who once animated the bodies decaying in the mausoleums – what were their dreams, their loves, their worries, their sorrows, their joys. I see life and death as a continuing cycle, so for me my musings were contemplative not morbid.

I found the stone faces of the statues sublime, some heads hung low and prayerful, others looked skyward in rapture or appeal, and some seemed to watch me as I passed. I felt a renewed spark to live life authentically as myself, and stop wasting time worrying about what others might think of me.

It was too difficult to chose just a few favorite photos from our visit so I made a montage set to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata (1st Movement). Hope you enjoy!

You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it fearlessly. – Dr. Steve Maraboli

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