Brushstrokes of Time – The Masterpiece of a Life Lived

Coral Gables Counseling Center - Wednesday, January 24, 2024
By Emy Fernandez, MBA, Life Coach

As I was getting dressed yesterday, I saw a scar on my body, then another, then another, and another.  And it made me think of a life lived.

It made me think of our bodies as blank canvases when we come into this world that gradually transform into a unique work of art.  A work of art through the scars acquired during our life. Each scar tells a story.  A testament to our resilience and the beauty of our imperfections representing growth, change, and the experiences lived.

canvas with brushstrokes

As we navigate life’s twists and turns, our bodies inevitably accumulate scars, both visible and invisible. Brushstrokes of Time.  Brushstrokes that shape us physically and emotionally.  Brushstrokes representing the challenges, triumphs, and lessons learned along the way.

While looking in the mirror, the first brushstroke that stood out was a little scar that runs across my neck.  It is almost invisible.  Yet it stood out on this particular morning. It was a reminder of the relief I felt when the doctors were able to go in and remove benign tumors I had in the area.

The rest of the physical scars on my body are much bigger but for some reason this little one across my neck was the one that stood out.  It was the one that moved me to reflect on the rest.

The scars of playing volleyball in high school when I broke a finger, the scars of giving birth, the scars of a mastectomy, the scars on my arms when I missed volleys playing tennis – and so on and so on.  All my brushstrokes that beautifully illustrate the story of my life.

Brushstrokes that remind me

  • of the pain and humiliation, I felt when I fractured a finger playing volleyball in high school
  • of the excitement and anticipation I felt when I had my three kids
  • of the mastectomy and the relief I felt when the malignant tumor was out
  • of the determination I had to learn how to improve my net game in tennis

The scars we acquire along the way are not blemishes to hide but rather cherished marks that make us who we are. Let us celebrate the uniqueness of our individual stories and embrace the beauty of our bodies as they evolve into masterpieces.

What are your brushstrokes of time?
What is your story behind your brushstrokes?


Navigating life’s twists and turns, our bodies inevitably accumulate scars, both visible and invisible.
Emy Fernandez, MBA, Certified Life Coach