Change is a continuous process. You cannot assess it with a yardstick of a limited time frame. When a seed is sown into the ground , you cannot immediately see the plant. You have to be patient. With time, it grows into a large tree. And then flowers bloom, and only then can the fruits be plucked.
~ Mamata Banerjee
Have you got a special place? Do you need a special place?
Have you ever had to take yourself off to a special little place, just to think, just to reflect – that place where you can just be?
To sort yourself out or to be in peace, away from everything to help you make a decision or get into a better frame of mind or place…
I don’t really have a special place, I live in the middle of a field overlooking the mountains of Snowdonia, when the sun is shining I sit on the step with a coffee to reflect and give thanks – when the weather is cold, miserable and windy, I’m found under the duvet listening to the rain pound and it’s my thinking place. I often just sit, think and wonder. To work stuff through, to find a conclusion, to figure out how something works and to find a way to make it work… That’s how I found Lee…
This is often all I need. I can usually pretty much sort myself out by doing either of these two things. But, at the beginning of the year, I couldn’t make it work and I really needed to Ditch the Shizzle so I booked on a mini adventure, just me and my pen, and flew off to Prague.
I needed to do Prague before I could do anything else in 2016.
On arrival in Prague I knew I’d made the right decision, I was determined to form new habits and I was going to enjoy every moment of my time is this wonderful, historic, beautiful City. I was in my element – Buildings, Doors and Windows – my own personal obsession within my photography – I could start a stock library of my own.
I loved being in Prague, I walked for miles and miles, getting lost in back streets and alley ways. I ate healthy and drank more water than wine, and I took photos, on my camera, My phone never got used once in the purposes of recording photographs. I learned how to use my camera back to front and inside out. I had an absolute ball – I was happy and being happy gives me courage and confidence…
Each day I challenged myself to learn something new and to also continue using and practicing the previous day’s photographic learning challenge.
I was also challenging myself as well. Challenging myself to make some pretty big (to me) decisions. Challenging myself to decide what it was I really wanted. Challenging myself to figure out what was important and what was just fluff. Challenging myself to be courageous and stand up for not only myself but also that of my convictions.
I love history, any history, from any culture, religion or creed – I can’t get enough of it and I am fascinated by how history has shaped our world and how it impact on the way people live their lives.
The adventure to Prague coincided with the visit of the Chinese President – security was tight and it seemed that at every pass I was thwarted with my daily itinerary – so, I just made it work for me and I enjoyed the experience highly.
I’m now glad it worked out this way, I’m really happy with my Street Photography images, a genre I’m not always happy with and can never seem to get it right. I have lost all interest in what people think of my photography, I do it for me and me alone – it is the same for my writing, it gives me pleasure, it makes me happy, it helps me to consolidate my ideas, thoughts and feelings and it is a release for me, a way to relax and record my adventures in life. I’ve always kept a journal but I am now loving the digital media of blogging.
One thing I didn’t do properly while I was in Prague – I didn’t blog each day on my brand new sparkly website that Chris Doyle of Hub Projects had, with almost, actually, it was with NO, notice, worked really hard to get set up for me for my adventure. I didn’t even really keep notes, I think I was probably just happy with all the other challenges on myself and did not want to put too much pressure on myself.
I had written a blog/status update each day on my personal Facebook Wall but stuff gets lost on Facebook – I want to keep a record of my 2016 in its own special place. But, I was determined to get something online in my new website about the actual adventure to Prague before I leave for Dubrovnik tomorrow – My goal and challenge for Dubrovnik is to blog and record, properly, whether that be making notes as I go along or blogging on a daily basis.
I loved being in Prague, it did me the world of good, it was the starting point of some really good habits I’m now keeping up with, I made some decisions and I’m comfortable in myself with them – I’ve learned that I need to go on holiday more often in fact… Do you think that would work? What a great way of making a new habit – go away on an adventure to start the formation of a new habit… You don’t need to sell me on that idea 😉
My last challenge to myself, as far as Prague goes, I wanted to get this blog done before I leave for Dubrovnik tomorrow. To remind me how far I’ve come in the last month alone, my fitness and weight issues, my photography, my confidence in myself as a business person and to stand steadfast in the decisions I’ve made before Prague, while I was in Prague and am continuing to do so after Prague. My Dubrovnik blog will be more about “the Place” rather than what the place has done for me…
I’ve dedicated this blog to Lynsey, Helen, Chris C, Kris, Heulwyn, Gill P, Ruth, Hannah, Eif, Sadie Jenny, Rob, Sharon and Chris D – all of whom have been helping me with one thing and another over the last few months – to me loyal friends are something very precious, something very special and something I will (I hope) never, ever take for granted. Being comfortable with those around you is something I wrote about in “I’m sure it’s a British Thing”
Chris, I promise to blog and use my website as it was intended to be used on my trip to Dubrovnik – it’s a Welshot trip but in my spare time I’m going to record the weeks adventure in what is promising to be another wonderful, historic and charming City.
And no Helen, NO G Strings allowed – under any circumstances – even when I’m 10stone lighter… 😉
What is allowed however, is, that I am allowed, allowed to be me and allowed to feel comfortable in being able to be me. That goes for YOU too…