When I am traveling, I notice that people are going about their daily lives, whether I am there or not. I really get that I am a spoke in the wheel of life!!! The question becomes what if I had not seen this place? You know there are others who actually thought to come to this place before me. Why did they choose this place and not Boston or Texas or???
I remember specifically a time when I was younger. It was a humid hot night in Beaumont, Texas....a central fan operated from somewhere in the internal part of the house and it hummed persistently while drawing a warm breeze through each window. I laid there listening to the crickets rubbing their wings together in unison to create that consistent loud chirp . Nine years old and right before I was drifting off to sleep, I begin thinking about what others might be doing at that very moment. Moving, laughing, having fun in New York City? It was so hot out. Why NYC? There was so much going on in the world and would I ever know about or experience it? So young and I was already ready to move & explore.
St.Catherine's Palace in St.Petersburg, Russia
The Peterhof in St.Petersburg, Russia
Whenever I arrive at a new place, I marvel to myself that if I weren't there, I would not see the woman strolling her baby, or those riding their bikes. I would not be experiencing the moment in this new place. I begin creating this scenario of what would it be like if I lived there....what do I like about the weather, the food, the people, the history, historical sights, things to do. Curious, growing, learning.
Then, with the flick of a switch, I am wondering what's happening back home in Boston and Manhattan Beach!!!
Manhattan Beach at sunset
Boston Garden in Spring
Here's wishing you new territories to explore wherever you may be!!!!!
One of my many art mentor’s uses the grid technique when teaching how to precisely copy one of the Masters’ great works.
Cheryl smiled watching me as I strained my eyes to copy the lines accurately to my canvas.
“You can be iffy with a light hand and then, come in with a strong line making a commitment,” she said.
“If you don't do this, you will be lost in the painting as the lines will get confusing when you are ready to paint.”
Eureka! Was she talking to me? The one who throughout her life has changed her mind much like a chameleon changes its colors.
Does she know how many times I have moved? Changed my mind with what I am going to wear to sleep, let alone exercise at the gym? How many times I have rearranged furniture? Is she talking to me? Is she telling me my goals in life may get confusing and lost if I write them with a light hand. Make a commitment, Cecelia, draw a darker, straighter line!!!
Oh, I started to daydream. What about all those goals I wrote down many, many years ago??
Maybe it was time to take them down off the shelf, dust them off and move forward to take them on again!
Enjoy your day! Here’s to expanding and exploring newly regardless what your age may be!!!