Looking back over the spread of post for the last couple of months there is a part of me that wonders why I bother to go away. The three periods of a week without a post indicates that I have been unable to find the time or space to be creative because I have been recovering from too much stimulation and/or illness. There have also been periods where I find myself with nothing to say or think and then it has been natural for me to look forward to new experiences because then, I will be inspired to write about something. There must be a happy medium between these “no experience to write about” and “too much experience to write” extremes but I have yet to find the magic formula if one even exists.
The other issue I find difficult is that I seem to need to write about an experience whilst it is fresh in my mind. If days go by, then it feels that I lose a spark of something. A spark of what? Well I don’t know. Is it enthusiasm? Belief in my ability to write? Perhaps the joy of reliving a fresh memory and discovering more about the event and me? I very much believe in letting the words flow out of my consciousness so perhaps leaving it a few days allows the flow to become clogged or loose direction. What seemed like a good idea trickles into nothing. I do wonder whether I will get to the point where I will be repeating something I have written before but forgotten (will I never learn perhaps?).
I have pinned my hopes on new experiences gaining new insights into the present and the past (possibly the future?) but as shown recently, new experiences come at a cost. Yesterday’s post on loops however shows that creativity isn’t dead so perhaps I need to keep a certain level of randomness here to provide new ways of looking at my life.
Of course I could be over thinking all this because my intention was actually to list some positive experiences that have happened from my trips to Barcelona and Edinburgh because like most humans I have a tendency to dwell on the difficulties and not celebrate the successes. I hope I can come up with something!
Things I liked about Barcelona:
- I caught up with my friend and her family
- Fresh mangoes on forks and cherries by the box load
- Amazing sea food
- Outside eating
- Visiting Casa Batllo and Park Guell
- Wandering around the Barri Gotic
- Paddling in the sea
- Being (very) challenged by the art of Joan Miro
- Taking photos of flowing water in Jardins de la Tamarita
- Seeing a sabre fencing tournament and learning something about the scoring system
- It was sunny and warm
Things I liked about Edinburgh:
- Catching up with family and friends
- Going out for lunch at The Dome
- Seeing “Dirty Dancing” on an outdoor screen in St Andrews Square
- Eating some wonderful Italian food
- Celebrating birthdays
- It was sunny and warm
I think that will do.