Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Turning Point

Which way?

Have you ever experienced a ‘Sliding Door’ moment? Those moments when you made a choice in life, that led to significant changes for you?

They are those moments in life, when you realize it was a Turning Point,  which meant that your journey would have looked quite different if you had chosen something else?

Great ocean Road
Contemplating the Choices

We make decisions; we take a variety of paths, at times choosing to be adventurous, spontaneous or at other times, quite conservative.

Later, we reflect on those decisions.

Some of us discover the path we’ve chosen to be too arduous, the scenery too different, that we decided to turn back or even turn away.

shinkjuku
Crossroads

On other occasions, taking that wrong ‘turn’ might have led us to incredible discoveries and serendipitous good fortune. Life is often surprising.

french doors
To go or to stay?

The prompt for this week’s Friendly Friday Photography Challenge is:

  “Turning Point.”  

Friendly Friday

Create a post sharing your interpretation of the weekly prompt.

It might be a photo of a sign, a threshold, a place to contemplate, or a crossroad; something that represents a Turning Point for you.

Write as much or as little as you like to accompany the photo/s.

Instructions:

  • Leave your response in the comments section, with a link to
    your Turning Point post, so we can find you.
  • Add a tag, or link back to the Friendly Friday prompt
  • Include the Friendly Friday logo if you wish
  • Please note there are no deadlines for participating
  • Do browse the other participants’ posts to see how they’ve interpreted the weekly prompt. It can be quite interesting.

More Instructions on joining in with Friendly Friday

Friendly Friday Photography challenge is alternately hosted each Friday by
Something to Ponder About  

and

The Snow Melts Somewhere

Friendly Friday Photo challenge

I am looking forward to seeing your Turning Points.

Happy Friday!

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68 thoughts on “Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Turning Point

  1. Ohhh, what an excellent theme again!! I’m quite sure I have enjoyed each and every Friendly Friday theme by both of you so far! Great going! I’ll see what I come up with, I’ve got some ideas already. I don’t have myself in the photo but your “Contemplating the choices” is exactly how I contemplated mine before I moved countries, languages, climates, everything. 🙂 It didn’t take long to decide.

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  2. An excellent choice for this prompt, Tallulahbass. A very special moment for you both. If someone asked you, what would be your recipe for a long and lasting relationship?

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  3. Innovative take on the prompt words, Padre. Thanks ever so much for joining in. I am intrigued by the location. Does the tide run completely out in that stream?

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  4. Hehe, Snow. I wondered if it might be a little difficult as a theme, so it is very encouraging to see that people are “running” with the concept. In the last photo – I did stay – if only for a few days. A fabulous spot in the lakes district in Italy. Have you been?

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  5. You have a lot of energy, so I hope you have been taking care of yourself, Lorelle? A restful, restorative break is what every Mum needs in their busy lives.And just like you to be “mindful” – hehe! I hope you are feeling better now.

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  6. Does someone not like rice? Or are they sharing? Having children is a wonderful achievement and certainly a very significant turning point in a woman’s life. Beautiful looking children, Ann -C!

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  7. Contemplating choices – it didn’t take you long to decide, yet it is a huge decision. What swayed you?

    I am so happy to hear that you like the prompts so far, Manja. I am sure you will come up with another awesome post. I will check again in the morning for updates.Time for sleep now.

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  8. Very reflective post and great photos. Lots of turning points in life. Every day there is another. Looking back at the choices made, I’m happy I made each one even though there was a bit of heartache involved because there was so much more good that came from those choices. No regrets. 😉

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  9. Lake Garda is divine. I didn’t know much about that part of the world prior to visiting. To most Australians, Italy was Rome, pasta and the south. I think Lake Garda was my favourite out of all the lakes.

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  10. I think you must be internally very much at peace, Marlene, when you reflect on all the choices you have made and are happy with them. I have a few I regret, but have made my peace with them,because I think we all make decisions to the best of our ability at that moment in time, in our lives. Sometimes they work out, sometimes they don’t. Regret is a one way road to despair.

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  11. Thanks so much Maria. I went to the post and somehow my flock of birds went missing. ??? I have no idea how it happened. Perhaps when I tried to link it to Skywatch Friday. Thanks for letting me know. I reinserted it.

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  12. Turning points is an interesting theme. There are some that stand out at the time, big decisions that clearly influence the future path. But I find intriguing all those little daily choices – have a second cup of coffee? walk a different route home? buy that spontaneous gift? Our life paths are a long accumulation of choices, big and small, and any one of them, taken differently, could have led us in a radically different direction. Here’s my offering: https://grahamsisland.com/2019/03/02/first-big-island-visit/.

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  13. If you’re around for long enough you’ll come across a few, Amanda? 🙂 🙂 My first was probably aged 18, living in a hostel in London. My roommate was emigrating to Australia. I wished I was going too 🙂

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  14. Those lava breakouts are mesmerizing! It is quite surreal, only matched by the beauty and serenity in the other photos you posted. Thanks for joining in again. See you in two weeks.

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  15. A wonderful post full of inspirational words and lightness, but with the background of that barbed wire. So poignant – that photo says it all. I am hoping it will be a turning point that your two nations will remember in years to come. You have much in common, don’t let barbed wire separate your emotions.

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  16. Absolutely, Jo. We have seen quite a few, and it is interesting to reflect on them. I didn’t know that you ever contemplated moving to Australia! So many have, do you think your lifestyle would be radically different if you did move with your friend? I am also intrigued by what held you back?

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  17. Hi Sofia,
    Thanks for joining in again. I love your take on turning point. Excellent photo. Gion is the place for it and just has this special atmosphere that I feel you have captured in this photo. No need to apologise for the longer read. You framed the photo with your words. That made it all the more interesting.

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  18. Well, there you go. No wonder you didn’t take the plunge. We think that first love is going to last forever. And for some, it does. For most, it doesn’t. My son reduced his student exchange in Norway for a girl. And of course, it folded soon after he returned. If I was young again, I would travel so much more. I was disappointed to find out I was too old for those working holidays visas.(18 -35years)

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  19. So glad you are joining in. It was fun to read your story and of that significant decisive turning point in your career and life. There are many people who do take the plunge and immigrate but many who don’t. It is such a huge decision. I think I would opt for caution, but then again, if the conditions are right, who knows? When we are younger, we throw caution to the wind and are prepared to take more risks. It sounds like you went on a gut feeling? It could well have been something out of the movie Sliding Doors. So glad you joined in on Friendly Friday this week, San!

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  20. Thank you! The irony is that when I was younger I didn’t throw caution to the wind at all. I was super serious and while I still am, I’m more relaxed now than I ever was before. But it’s a huge decision to make or not make. And yes, definitely a gut feeling! I have a very strong intuition that I’ve learnt to listen to.

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