Well, it has been quite a while since I have written - but I have been very busy behind the scenes. I have still not read much fiction, but I continue to read books on photography and writing, and know that someday I will return to my reading passion. Geoff and I are trying to finalize plans for out 30th anniversary celebration, but we are having a difficult time deciding how to celebrate: New York City - a cruise - a lake house retreat? That is obviously fodder for another post at a later time.
Sense of Place.
In the first week of the class we were asked to begin an Inspiration File of travel photos. There was no limitation except that we needed to collect 20-30 pictures that "inspired" us. Since I have saved over 300 pictures in the favorites folder on my Flickr account - I decided to start there. I quickly culled through the photographs and selected 18 pictures that I thought pertained to my "sense of place" and I saved them in a separate folder on my desktop.
When I viewed all 18 pictures at once I quickly found a common theme: serenity. Every single photograph left me with a sense of peace and tranquility. This did not surprise me.
And then it hit me. An epiphany for me - but probably a "duh" moment for others. If this is what I yearn for: simplicity, tranquility, a desire to release 21st century technology for a lifestyle more genteel --- then why do I only indulge myself one or two weeks a year? Why do I feel the need to live a daily hectic life that produces stress and strain when I can make minor adjustments and live that lifestyle year 'round?
Vacation is a not only a physical destination beyond the everyday - it is a mental mindset. And while I do not envision taking an extended break from life - I do believe it is possible to infuse my life with elements of simplicity that until just recently I thought were only available for one week out of the year.