#its5oclocksomewhere

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Sometime in the weeks just before the dawn of 2012, I snapped a rad pic of a sunset on my way home from work, around 5pm, and hashtagged it:

#its5oclocksomewhere 

And then I got this sweet idea that one of my creative projects for the new year could be to take a picture everyday – no matter what I was doing, who I was with, or where I was – at exactly 5pm, and to post it with the hashtag, #its5oclocksomewhere. It would be an online, digital, photographic diary of sorts, chronicling my life one day at a time by forever encapsulating exactly what I was experiencing at 5pm on any given day.

I set an alarm on my phone for 5pm everyday and started taking pictures. I got plenty of  hilarious “bathroom stall in public washroom,” “at the farmer’s market, can’t decide which kind of apples to buy”, and “mad-dashing into the bank before it closes” kind of shots. You know, the real exciting stuff. But I also got shots of small memories and unexpected adventures. Like being out for drinks with friends after work, taking a walk for some fresh air and finding an undiscovered path to a gorgeous spot, curling up with a cup of tea and a good book, making dinner and sipping wine with friends, having a games night on a lazy Sunday, enjoying a gorgeous drive along some backroads… All of the small, but beautiful, moments that make life, life. The moments you wouldn’t necessarily remember, but you certainly don’t want to forget. And for that reason, the project was a success.

Except for one unseen and very unfortunate turn of events: That awkward moment when you slip your phone into your back pocket on the way to the washroom and, as you go to take your seat, you hear the tell tale splash of your phone falling out of your pocket and into the toilet.

Yup.
Dang.
And, unfortunately, it never recovered.

And as a result, I haven’t been doing #its5oclocksomewhere for a long while. Because, as much as I love my DLR, let’s be honest, I hardly have it on me at exactly 5pm on any given day. My iPhone had been my go-to tool for this project.

But I recently decided that I didn’t want to give this project up and started brainstorming other ways that I could express and share what was happening in my life at exactly 5pm. I thought of drawing a picture, instead of snapping one, but, let’s face it: I don’t want to spend 365 days drawing stick figures, and there certainly isn’t a person in the world that wants to look at 365 stick figure pictures of my life. So I scratched that idea. Back to the drawing board. (No pun intended … God, I’m hilarious.)

That’s when I thought of writing. Writing is a means of expression and story-telling, as is photography, and something that would be far less likely to make me, or others, want to bang their heads up against a wall. A-ha! Writing it is!

Allll of that to say: I am picking up my #its5oclocksomewhere project once again! And I am going to reconvene it using writing as my means. Each day, I will record the moment I was experiencing when the clock struck 5pm, and I will share those experiences here. Because life is, simply, the sum total of every day’s small experiences. And they are worth remembering.

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i’m in so deep // [new poem]

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today, i finally finished a poem that i started back in December. and i thought i would share it with YOU, my beautiful friends and fellow travelers on this crazy, terrifying, absolutely thrilling journey we call life. because sharing ourselves with the world around us is what this whole thing is all about, isn’t it?

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i’m in so deep i can barely breathe,
the waves of your kindness washing over me.
my face is sun-kissed
by your tenderness
as you orbit around my heart
until night turns to daybre
ak and the day breaks over me.
this moonshine on my arm is art.

the wind of your summer-sweet voice plays with my hair
and the air of your love strums a melody between my ribs
until the sound of you fills the space inside my lungs.

home is where the heart is.

escape to the unknown // change is your only constant

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i just re-read something i messaged a good friend a few years ago, during a trying season of my life. funny, it applies as much today as it ever did, proving the point, i guess.

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“it’s funny, i used to think change was only an occasional event that you simply adjusted to when it happened. but the more of life i experience, the more i think change is really the only constant
and life is what happens somewhere in transition.”

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*thanks to 365q for the image

lovely advice // take it, it’s free

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i read this somewhere online this morning and was inspired. and i wanted to share the inspiration. because this is the kind of story we should be telling…
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> Health:   Drink plenty of water. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants. Live with the 3 E’s – Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy Play more games. Read more books than you did in 2010. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Sleep for 7 hours. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.
> Personality:   Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment. Don’t over do. Keep your limits. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip. Dream more while you are awake. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present. No one is in charge of your happiness except you. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime. Smile and laugh more. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
> Society:   Call your family often. Each day give something good to others. Forgive everyone for everything. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6. Try to make at least three people smile each day. What other people think of you is none of your business. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
> Life:   Do the right thing! Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up. The best is yet to come. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.