Some of you may be wondering what the bird with the EKG heart beat reading inside of it, our logo, represents. I have recently had some tragedy in my life, affecting hundreds of people who may now be in the need of an explanation that seems impossible to obtain. I would like to use this image and moment in time to elaborate on what I truly want Minds of My Own to mean to people who may one day read it.
There are moments in life that change us, moments that make us truly aware of what we are capable of. Sometimes, these moments are filled with light and hope: a hard earned accomplishment or achievement; other times these moments make us aware of the darkness within ourselves or our lives that we will all have to struggle with at one point or another.
Early on in Minds of My Own, when the lead character Jeremy is still young and steadily losing control to the new entity inside of him, there is an encounter with a cardinal while at summer camp that takes Jeremy over a line to a new place of understanding; the darkness inside of him is capable of inflicting great harm, despite Jeremy's own internal protest and compassion.
This whole story is meant to serve as a reflection on ourselves. We wear our best faces during the day, smile when we know it is expected and harbour our gloom for the nights when we are alone. It is a natural, although foolish way we all deal with our fear and doubts.
Jeremy and his second chance are meant to symbolize the light we all need to see in order to drag ourselves out of personal darknesses. We are all the same in our suffering and our joy; neither should be dealt with in solitude. If Jeremy manages to find a reason to live after the madness he was forced to bear witness to, we all can.
This beautiful bird's beating heart represents the moment of your life before you have crossed into a new period of grief or sadness. Through our story Jeremy will remember this bird, this life he once held in his hands, to heave himself back onto solid ground when he feels he hangs from the edge of a personal oblivion.
The bird's name is Kristin, she represents the good in the world; a good you can feel as a beat in a loved one's chest, or as an ache in a grief-stricken heart.
We all have to hold on to the hope that we can make it through any darkness, or the hearts that once beat will not have mattered; but they did, and they do.