“History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.”-

Konrad Adenaur

DSC07253Weighed down by the burden 

Of an unimaginative, rote-based curriculum

Learning historical facts appeared to me

The grandest exercise in futility-

Yesterday was dead; it did not make sense

To spend time on the past, in the presence

Of exciting events taking place everywhere

I looked to the future, why did I have to care

About the dark ages steeped in ignorance

I could not see the world through their lens..

I concentrated all my efforts and energy

On the future, that seemed a clever strategy..

I ignored the five thousand year old history

Of my people, little did I care for my ancestry…


As I grow older in a world with shrinking borders

I am exposed to political turmoil and disorder

I have realized all manifest conflicts today

Have their genesis in the pages of yesterday

With time I have realized that, inevitably

In my lifetime I have seen the creation of history

The past is inextricably intertwined

With the present, we humans are destined

To weave a new future on the tapestry

Of the past; thus the importance of history..


So I decided to get acquainted with the past

Was afraid my enthusiasm would not last-

I was so wrong; I ended up enthralled

By history of mankind, how we had evolved

The subject that had such a burden been

In school, was fascinating when with new eyes seen-

I see now how history can encourage and inspire

People to follow their ambitions and desires. 

(This photograph was taken at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington DC.)




Published by iheart11

A 30-something year old woman, physician by profession, fiercely passionate about work, family, travel and fashion..

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