Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Revisiting "Parallel Lives"

Photo Credit: Insects(dot)org

I must say that I’m amazed at the parallels I’m finding between Queen Victoria’s life and my own. I have been knee-deep in research about her formative years, and as I’ve read about the circumstances surrounding her conception, the death of her father when she was an infant, and the machinations and manipulations she was subjected to by her own mother, my emotions have run the gamut of anger, empathy, pity, and sorrow.

Reading farther into her life, I have found myself swinging between paragraphs filled with understanding and paragraphs filled with disenchantment at her sometimes childish behavior. I've been surprised sometimes at my own sharpness in some of the things I wrote.

Photo Credit: Unresolved Abandonment

Since I don’t believe in coincidence, it doesn’t surprise me in the least that Victoria appears to have had a severe and sometimes debilitating case of codependency. Her life was vastly different from mine, yet there is a silver cord of similarity running between the lines of her life that I cannot help but recognize as my very own struggle with depression, self-pity, and codependency.

Though she is lauded as one of the most prominent figures in world history, I can see that despite the popular perspective of greatness, she actually died a shell of a woman. She did not fully live her life, and that is not how I want my story to end. I will try so very carefully to address these issues with love and compassion, but there will be times when I know I won’t be able to be as gentle as I would like to be.

Faberge Egg
Photo Credit: Weston Jewelry

It is vital that you and I go farther than she did in her life. We may not find ourselves queen of an empire, but we owe it to our children and those who look up to us to push past the bitterness and resentments in our life and learn what it means to live life to the fullest. It is my job to push and prod and poke at the weak spots in her life to ferret out every last nugget we can learn from her.

Research Credits:
1. The World of Royalty
2. Joyce Gidel


  1. Sounds like something every woman can relate to in one way or another. On top of that the bling is devine too. Great post. :o)

  2. I enjoyed this post very much, Angela. Learning about Queen Victoria has been very interesting, as I don't recall learning much (if anything!) about her in my high school history classes.

  3. Great post! Stocked with information, personal insight, succinct and easy to read! Keep up the good work!

  4. What beautiful writing. Thank you for sharing so honestly about such a personal subject. I love the photos you used, and I want that engraved platinum band!

  5. Thanks, E & A. Alana, just click on it, and it can be yours.;-)

  6. wow angela you are truly blessed with the gift of study and writing. i totally admire it and am so thankful you are using the gifts to share all of us. thank you!!! karla:)