life can become more of a trial than a joy.
The thought process becomes so discombobulated with the inundation of information and images that simply focusing on what is relevant becomes a near impossibility.
My family and friends know that some of my blogs are about them. They are about life as I live it, so how could they not be?
This particular blog is about photographs that aren’t my own; photographs I want to take.
It is about images I want to see with my own eyes, not through someone else’s.
It is about the words that surround the images.
It is about the music I play that enhances the images and the words that describe them.
It is about the the things I dream of.
These statements alone make me sound like some kind of fanatic, but I’m not a fanatic.
I am a photographer.
I am a writer.
I am (somewhere in my soul) a musician.
I want to see, write and hear for myself.
Experience the heat, the cold, the adrenaline, the magic, the music, the inspiration, the awe.
I work for a living so that I can traipse around to places I want to see, photograph them and then write about them.
It may sound as though I am putting down the importance of nursing, something I have done for 25 years.
Just today, a patient made me cry when he told me that I was a bright spot in his day and he looked forward to my visits more than he did meal-time.
If you have ever been in the hospital, you know that meal-time is one of the highlights, and so I felt very moved.
But I wanted, more than to speak with him and encourage him, to photograph him.
I have been on a photographic journey, teaching myself, learning from others, finding God in the creation He so beautifully paints, for more than 30 years.
It is my center. My sense of self.
My life is made up of images. They rotate through my head like a never-ending carousel .
Image after image after image after image.
And the words.
Mrs. Campbell in eleventh grade gave me the courage to have confidence in my words.
She was my favorite teacher and the one, above all, that I remember the most.
And yet, I digress. (But thanks, Mrs. C)
I can’t even begin to explain, with all of my words, what the words, when coupled with the images, does to me.
It shatters me on a level that is the most perfect shattering a person could ever hope for.
I wonder sometimes if I am vain. I certainly don’t think much of myself, so that kind of vanity is out, but the images … I like them. I want others to like them. I desire, not to be famous, or even rich, but to simply be able to live out my life doing what I love.
I don’t think that is too much to ask, but therein lies the vanity.
I look at myself and see nothing special … I look at the images I see through the eyes God gave me and I see great things.
I don’t mind, particularly, sleeping in my car. I don’t need much more than toast-chee crackers and an occasional diet Dr. Pepper.
But I need to see.
I want to know what a North Dakota winter looks like, what a New Orleans Summer smells like, what driving along the coast road from California to Washington State feels like.
I want to see the beauty, to feel the air, to see the endless flat road of Kansas extending out in front of me.
I want to taste the fog of San Francisco and breathe the vastness of a Montana sky.
I used to think that I wanted too much, but a wise woman (my mamaw Daphne) told me “some people want the simple and others want the extravagant … wanting is wanting whatever the dream may be”.
She taught me to not be ashamed to want the things I want and dream for the things of which I dream.
If I can see the things I want to see, I won’t need others to show them to me and if I can play the piano myself, I won’t long for someone else to play for me.
So my dreams are this … to see my country and then see Ireland, to play the piano and to have a jeep, preferably red .
That is the extent of the the dreams I have for myself …
I have much deeper and greater dreams for those I love and cherish, but myself? It is the simple things that stir my heart.
I have hope.
I have faith.
Nothing else is required.
It will happen when it happens.
And it will happen. Of that, I am certain.
Until next time, be well, my friends … be well.
And don’t forget to dream.