I am so very happy that I am an optimistic kind of person and that I do still have this childlike excitement and curiosity inside me. It really is there on the surface. I don't have to dig deep to find it but many people do. This is not to say that I shut myself off from the bad things in the world. I am fully aware of them and take a deep interest in world news. I just won't let myself become overwhelmed by it (although there have been many times when that has been really difficult).
Let me tell you about the A82. This is the road that passes Rannoch Moor to Glen Coe and on to Fort Wiliam then on to Inverness by Loch Ness. I love this road. Mainly because it takes me where I want to go but also because of the scenery it drives through. When I first drove along this road I had to keep pulling over and stopping because the views are spectacular. You leave a small town called Tyndrum and climb up before levelling out and heading out past Loch na H-Achlaise and on towards Buachaille Etive Mor, Glen Coe and Fort William. As the road levels out after the climb my excitement is building as I know the sights I am going to see. Sights that I never tire of. The Black Mount, Rannoch Moor and on towards the wonderful mountain of Buachaille Etive Mor. This was my first experience of, what I call, real mountains. I can hardly describe the effect it had on me the first time I drove along this road. I have been here many times since, either to visit this area or passing through on my way to the Isle Of Skye. My love of the mountains has only grown since my first visit here. I wish I could describe how alive my senses become every time I approach these mountains and this area. I am childlike in my sheer joy. The same when I am on Skye. You can see the mountains long before you actually get to the island. Their silhouette is unmistakeable and my heart rate always increases when I see them.
When I went on my short trip to Iceland in 2016 I was so happy that I took this same feeling of excitement and awe there with me............or I picked it up when I was there. However it happens I am full on alive, curious, excited, absolutely buzzing with life at these times and in these places. I am going back to Iceland for a longer trip in September and I can tell you that I am already excited about it.
I am also excited every time I go out with my camera. If that doesn't come across in my pictures then I am doing something wrong
I am also excited by the fact that it seems winter might have finally finished here and Spring is happening. This means I can get to work in my garden. I have a new flower bed to plant up and I have potatoes and onions to get into the ground. The magic of shoots coming out of the ground always makes me happy. Eating food I have grown myself fills me with absurd levels of satisfaction. I will be growing tomatoes, chillies, carrots, courgettes, lots of salad crops and green beans. The success of this will depend on how much time I spend looking after it all and how much time I am away from home but this time of year always cheers me up and fills me with energy. I am just about recovered from this horrible flu which I have had for seven weeks. That is also filling me with energy....albeit slowly......and I feel so much better for it.
My joy......my excitement comes from the biggest mountain I can get to or from the smallest bud coming out in my garden. It comes from seeing excitement in others, or seeing acts of kindness or seeing someone like Emma Gonazales standing up for what they believe in. Wherever you find your own excitement, curiosity or joy.........please........never lose it. Never lose your excitement for the known or your curiosity for the unknown.
Another place I find excitement, curiosity and joy is here on dA each time I look through your latest creations. (My second heavy handed link it two journals.......well done Lawrence ) We are a band of brothers and sisters here. We work together, we play together, we share our creations, we share our love for each other and our love for what we each do. For what we contribute not only to dA but what we add to each other's lives. For all of that I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. By way of thanks I would now like to share your work with as many people as I can. Please sit down for five minutes if you have the time and take a look at the fabulous pictures I have been collecting from you recently. Please fave anything you like and, if you have a minute, please leave a comment and let the artist know how you have enjoyed their work.
Thank you so much for looking through these works of art. I hope very much that you found a lot to enjoy here and that you can support the artists in some way.
As always, my love and friendship to you all. It is something special in these difficult times to make so much and to add so much to this world. And that is what you are all doing. You are all adding to the sum of human history by creating this art. You are leaving your mark on this world and I, for one, could not be happier about that.
Spread the love and take care of yourselves and each other, always. Keep creating.