Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.
Many years ago, I was given the advice of reading Joseph Campbell’s books on mythology so I could become a better writer. Reading the classic myths has definitely enriched my understanding of literature. Campbell’s thoughts on living a life of meaning and purpose have also been guiding principles throughout my adulthood.
I’ve been very, very fortunate to have the love and support of family and friends over many years. We have encouraged each other to explore our passions and give each other honest feedback so we can grow and learn. Some of my passions have changed over time; others have remained constant. Here are some of the enduring ones:
Exploring the world and nature. Collecting memories of people, places, and stunning natural wonders, like Jordon Pond in Acadia National Park, Maine.
Food…eating it, enjoying it with friends and family, and writing about it. Some people remember the names of actors and movies. I remember the meals I’ve eaten and restaurants, which have left gustatory impressions–good, bad, and sublime. To illustrate this passion, I am reposting this photo of our favorite pizza place in Florence. I’ve been dreaming about going back there and eating their delicious pizza for almost two years!
Reading great books, diving headfirst into imaginary worlds, creating stories about issues that matter to all of us as human beings on this earth, as we struggle to make sense of life’s mysteries, injustices, and joys.
Learning more about art, history, and languages…life-long passions. Here you can see several passions–visiting the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, seeing the wonderful Chihuly sculpture Lime Green Icicle Tower and having lunch at the cafe in the Shapiro Family Courtyard.
Last but certainly not least is my passion for photography, which has opened my eyes to the beauty in the world. It has given me unending joy to capture images to record memories of people and places and share them with you. Here’s a shot taken in English Bay this morning. Winter is definitely coming.
We hope you join us this week for Lindy Low LeCoq’s “Follow Your Bliss” challenge. Her wonderful post highlight her passion for birds and nature conservancy.
Your photos for last week’s Shapes and Patterns challenge were marvelous and so much fun! You all have highlighted that fact that our world is filled with myriad shapes and designs if we stop and look for them. What a treat for all of us!
Next week, our wonderful Ann-Christine will lead the challenge, so be sure to visit her site next Saturday at noon. Until then, have a safe and inspiring week.