|Jesi's Ghost - By Etha Walters|
Winston Churchill said “When you are going through hell, keep going.”He said this with the certainty that if we did keep going, we would come out on the other side. However, that doesn’t mean that we will come out unscathed or not have to shed a few layers, to leave part of ourselves behind. Life is a series of deaths and rebirths. It’s no wonder that religious foundations are built on concepts like reincarnation and being “born again.”
No one that I know understands this better than my friend Jesi pictured above. Inspiration for “Jesi’s Ghost” came from her life and the times she has walked through hell. Her mother was murdered when she was young, she was a victim of abuse and neglect, the father of her oldest child committed suicide and still Jesi kept going. If I could alter Webster’s I would put Jesi’s picture beside resilience. Living through one thing would be horrific enough but Jesi has kept going grabbing the wisdom that comes from the experiences along the way. She has gone on to college majoring in Applied Psychology and her only addictions are cigarettes and caffeine. She has also gone on to start the website True Emotions themed on the premise that you are never alone. There is always someone out there who can relate to whatever you are going through.
Jesi’s Ghost represents the darkness and it is not to dwell in the dark places or the metaphorical deaths but it is about the life that comes after.