All images: Marija Čolić, from The Childhood series, 2016 - . Courtesy of the artist.

by Arturo Ibarra


There is evidently a complex concept of what life is and where it comes from. But the relation between life and our existence and with the things we do make sense in all aspects.  All of us have heard that life comes after death. So as the same heartbeat that keeps a constant up and down, life is part of that, being up and down.

Have you ever felt the need to live? I am pretty sure you were in a difficult situation in which you valued your life more than anything.

Life places us in different situations of sorrow, grief, happiness, defeat, love, hatred, failure, success and much more. So, one must realize the fact that life is not a bed of roses, it even has thorns which we need to accept so that we do not get into a state of depression and face life with courage and vigour.

There are times when we are happy about certain events in life and celebrate such occasions with great enthusiasm but we should not forget that life will not always give you fruits without sowing seeds from time to time. So, make sure you always make the best possible efforts to gain success in life as without efforts you cannot achieve anything in life.

One must accept this bitter truth that good times and bad times never last forever so one should always be ready to face difficulties in life even if she or he is on the top of the world. And the one who is suffering from pain and misery should also know that there will be a time when all their sufferings will end and life will offer new opportunities to succeed.

Life is beautiful when you accept every little thing and ignore those that make you suffer. It’s our own perspective that makes our life happy or miserable, so one must have a positive attitude towards life to make it happening and worthy.

The questions are: What about the way you accept your own life? Do you love living your own life? Is your life fulfilling your expectations?  What life can be without ups and downs? So the answers come easily. Enjoy every moment because no matter whether the experience is good or bad, it is part of life and it should be taken as it is. 

Marija Čolić, Reversed Rainbow from The Childhood series, 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

Life is beautiful when you accept every little thing and ignore those that make you suffer.

Marija Čolić is a Serbian artist whose work explores the profound yet simple meaning of life through watercolors. The Childhood series has its roots in her own childhood and is inspired by her idyllic experience as a girl as well as the political and personal hardships. In her work, Čolić represents the beautiful experience of being alive and through her portraits of children, she reminds us that it is in the most innocent experiences that we find the strength and will to live.
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Arturo Ibarra is a professor at Universidad Humanitas campus Querétaro. He teaches at level B1 of the Cambridge Model.

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