for the explorers
[photography by @luna.lindsay]
“Hold up a mirror and ask yourself what you are capable
of doing, and what you really care about. Then take the
initiative – don’t wait for someone else to ask you to act.”
– Sylvia Earle
I find myself reaching for memories of my childhood more often lately. I heard Rainn Wilson say in an interview once, that he regularly asks himself what he misses about being five years old. This question is the key. It is how I find my True North. When I look back I remember how much time I spent outside. If sleep wasn’t factored in, 80% of my time, especially, in the summer months were spent out of the house exploring. Riding our bikes, playing hide and seek, collecting snails to bring home, always nursing scabbed knees.
When I feel stressed, and disconnected I invite those memories in. With the intention that the mini-explorations of my childhood can push me in my present moment to be engaged and curious.
An important aspect of this idea of exploration is being in action. My mom’s trope has always been, ‘you cannot be bored or depressed if there are things to do, and there are always things to do’. Vitality is the antidote. (Gratitude is too.) Moving with purpose, and passion is what makes this world go round. I believe in that wholeheartedly.
Listening to: Making Obama Podcast.
Reading: Coming to My Sense: The Making of a Counterculture Cook by Alice Waters
Wearing the ‘Shorelines Sweatshirt’ from my #LoveYourShorelines project.