Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Creativity takes Courage

I made this my cover photo on Facebook today because I don't know anything more true than this quote right now.

Do you?

Image sourced from (a) and (b).

Wednesday, 25 February 2015


The rain is pounding against my window and all I can do is dream about the weekend

I checked into my bed and breakfast late Friday night, two hours away from home, all by myself. The antique furniture made me feel at home. It smelt funny, a little musky perhaps, but I didn't mind. I poured myself some English Breakfast tea, snuggled into my pyjamas and turned on the TV. Shawshank Redemption was on (my favourite!) and, even though I had to be up early the next morning, I sat through and watched the whole thing.

When it was time for dreams, I turned off the lights and lay in the darkness. It was so dark though that it took me longer than normal for my eyes to readjust. I hate to admit it but darkness still scares me. My imagination never stops and when left to its own devices it starts to conjure up creatures great and small hiding in my room, waiting for me. It's such a nuisance.

But I managed to send myself into a beautiful place and when I awoke it was morning and the light was streaming through my window, illuminating the white sheets that covered my body. I hid under those sheets for a while and cuddled my pillow. I'm not sure if it's just me but doesn't the world look more beautiful under a white sheet? I could have stayed there for hours.

Blogging hasn't been coming to me as naturally as it used to. 

But I think that's okay. 

Because the truth is, I'm fine. I've just been laying under my sheets feeling fine. I'm not sure if I'm here because I'm hiding from monsters, or avoiding the burdens of life or if I'm just wanting to remain comfortable for a little while longer. Whatever the reason though I think it is okay that I am here.

Because I'm comfortable and I'm fine and right now that's all I need.

There are dangers in remaining in your comfort zone though. I believe that creativity is inspired when you're fearful, when you're out of your little bubble, when you're fighting monsters and taking on life one burden at a time.

But sometimes I think it's okay to hide under your sheets a little longer until you're ready to go out and fight.

There's no need to rush. Take it all in. Enjoy your comfort.

I think I'm going to do that for the next little while.

p.s. if you're looking for inspiration to get you out from under your covers, to take on the world, then watch this video. Seriously, it's so good.

Monday, 23 February 2015

The road that night

The clouds looked like fairy floss; misty and dispersed. They seemed to surround us, holding us close and yet they were so out of our grasp it would take only a dream to see us meet. They stood tall above the road, and if you didn't know you would think there were mountains in the distance. 

The sun shone so differently that night. The hazy clouds diffused its shine and the yellow glitter from its rays sprinkled onto the trees as we passed by. The sky was a purple blue and the sun was warm. It made colours I hadn't seen before. Horses cantered in the fields beside us, their white manes bouncing so softly against their necks. The light just captured them, it captured us all. I turned to Stephen and said that if I could, if it were possible, I would roll around in the light and hold it close to me, never letting it go. It was perfect.

He looked at me silently and smiled, which was code of his agreement, and closed his eyes again and drifted off into the sleep he had been waiting for all week. I looked back to the road and to the beautiful sky and we drove together, the sky and I, until it too decided to close its eyes and fall asleep.

I wished to myself that I had my camera so I could show you all how beautiful this whole drive was but some things are better left observed than captured. So I took it all in, I took in the clouds, the sun, the fields, the flocks of birds heading home for the night, the crickets chirping, the smell of eucalyptus, all of it. I took it all in and drove into the night, letting the moon guide me for the rest of my journey.