#ThursdayPhotoThoughts #Tanka ‘Beware of the Vampires’ #February2021 @Pixabay

This picture has taken me to a dark place I’m familiar with, but not fond of. I’m standing outside the doors to a dark castle inhabited by thirsty, blood-sucking vampires.

Some will suck your blood

And your dreams, if you let them.

Forgive and ignore,

They have their own sad journey.

You cannot change their flight path.


I’m going to tell you three things I’ve learned about vampires. The first is the power of forgiveness.

The second is don’t let them convince or confuse you, and the only way is to ignore their negative words. They’re not your friends, they’re not there to help you, they’re out to help themselves to your precious energy, your lifeblood. But here’s the thing, they can’t take it if you don’t let them have it! You have what they need. Your dreams and enthusiasm are your superpower. Don’t waste it on them.

The third thing I know is that you cannot help a vampire. You may think it’s your duty to help them, and it would be if you could, but you can’t. They don’t want or need your help. They only want your blood.

Finally. I know each one of us has to follow our own dreams and plan our own routes to self realisation and discovery. That doesn’t mean we have to be selfish or obsessive. We should enjoy and share our journey, but ultimately our journey is as unique as each one of us and we owe it to ourselves to make sure we are ready for our final destination.

My final thoughts on dealing with people who bring out the worst in you, highlight your fears and insecurities, demean or criticise you, there’s only one thing you can do, and the sooner you realise this, the sooner you can continue on your own journey.

All pictures from pixabay and all thoughts my own, although I’m sure someone has already expressed some of them.

Do you know many vampires? 

How do you deal with them?


Image by ejausburg on Pixabay

Pixabay is a wonderful site where many generous amateur and professional photographers offer their photos at no cost (there are also photos you have to pay for). And Thursday, which is in the exact middle of the week is an ideal day to stop and reflect, so I’m grabbing one or more pictures and reflecting on whatever comes to mind. I’m not planning on stream-of-consciousness, because although it’s an unplanned post based on a random picture, I’ll edit my thoughts and words, because you’re worth it! I want you to read a pretty and polished post:)

Feel free to join in! Grab the hashtag, photo and share your post in the comments. I’d love to read your thoughts.

Are there many vampires in your life? How do you cope with them?

Published by LucciaGray

Writer, blogger, teacher, reader and lover of words wherever they are. Author of The Eyre Hall Trilogy, the breathtaking sequel to Jane Eyre. Luccia lives in sunny Spain, but her heart's in Victorian London.

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