Why the dragonfly?

The dragonfly symbolizes change, on ones perspective of life, the world and oneself.  The dragonfly’s agile flight and its ability to move in all six directions exude a sense of power and poise - something that comes only with age and maturity.  It can move at an amazing 45 miles an hour,  hover like a helicopter, fly backwards like a hummingbird, fly straight up, down and on either side.  The dragonfly accomplishes its objectives with utmost simplicity and effectiveness, and does it with elegance and grace.

Its magical property of iridescence is also associated with the discovery of one’s own abilities by unmasking the real self and removing the doubts one casts on his/her own sense of identity. This again indirectly means self discovery and removal of inhibitions.  This style of life symbolizes and exemplifies the virtue of living IN the moment and living life to the fullest, aware of who you are, where you are, what you are doing, what you want, what you don’t and make informed choices on a moment-to-moment basis. 

Dragonfly maneuvers in flight and lands on a branch. Filmed with Phantom v710 high speed camera at 5000 frames per second. Location: Veenendaal, the Netherlands, where my mother is from.  
Authors: Emile van Wijk and Joris Schaap Credits: Flight Artists (Vliegkunstenaars), Wageningen University and authors. Music: August by Marcel Pequel (http://www.last.fm/music/Marcel+Pequel)