Occasionally I’m asked about my blog or how to reach me, so a few months ago I had some Moo cards made up. They are soooo cool. They’re a bit pricey, so if you give out a lot of business cards, they’re not the best option. For someone like me who gives out 2 to 4 a month, they’re fun, have a lovely tactile feel, and a great way to enjoy my photography.
On the back, I described myself as an adventurer, philosopher, and observer. I also used a quote from J.R.R. Tokien that describes my philsophy in a nutshell:
Not all those who wander are lost.
So why did I describe myself like that?
Adventurer – My favorite boy toy and I are constantly off exploring. We’ve moved to states where we never visited, let alone lived. This year we explored Pennsylvania, eastern Virginia, and West Virginia. I got to better know the local botanical gardens, Hollywood Cemetery, and Williamsburg.
We’re always up to pack up our camera gear and take off. It’s a bit harder with the dogs; we try to preplan having the dogsitter come. Sometimes though we just have to watch the clock and come home.
Philosopher – I enjoy explaining life to myself and others. I seek wisdom through my faith, my readings, and contemplation. I think that sharing my life helps others to see their life better. Sometimes they find answers, other times it’s the comfort of knowing that others have gone through what they are experiencing right now.
One of my most noteworthy posts was about my cousin with Down’s syndrome, in which I explained why cultural norms and expectations are NOT the way to live a life.
Observer – Writing in my journals has really helped with this. By recording the events of my day and what’s happening in the natural world, I’ve increased my powers of observation and recall. It also helps me sort out my feelings, see patterns, and identify things to work on or consider further. My photography helps too since it brings to recall what I saw that day and often, what I felt as well.
For example, one of my observations is that spring doesn’t come until you see robins shivering in the snow. Even in Virginia, it’s true. The robins come back, it snows one more time, then spring comes. I’ve spent numerous hours observing and recording my garden with my photography.
Wanderer – The connotation for this word is that it is aimless. It is and it isn’t. No, I don’t start with a definite goal in mind. But I enjoy what I find and have fun doing it. The same is true of my career. What will I be doing five years from now? Who knows? What opportunities will present themselves? Nothing happens in a straight line, so I need to enjoy the journey and not worry about the destination.
I encourage you to live your life fully. I leave you with a final thought from Henry David Thoreau:
Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
Have a good week!
Word for tomorrow – DOSE. If you prefer to work ahead, see the list for the week under “A Word A Day”.
I am a backyard adventurer, philosopher and observer, recording my life in journals and photographs. Visit my blog at www.livingtheseasons.com.