Once Upon a Time, I…

The stories we tell about ourselves

LaDonna Witmer
8 min readMar 30, 2024

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All photos in this post feature a mural called “Jardins Efémeros” by Gonçalo Mar. Multiple towns throughout Portugal feature his artwork. This particular piece was painted in 2019 along Avenida de Moçambique in Setúbal.

We are the protagonists of our own stories. Each of us, inhabiting small worlds that revolve around me, myself, and I. We are the Skywalkers, the Harrys (or Hermiones?), the Atreides, the Dorothys, the Bagginses and Pevensies.

How else could it be really, as we are the ones who experience every moment — dull or dramatic — that moves our plot…

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