My first kayaking experience took place in 2013. At 47, I had taken on a number of new experiences. Between November, 2012 and December, 2013,
1. I accepted a job around with world from my family and friends.
2. I took my first plane ride across the Atlantic, over Europe, and landed in the Middle East. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) to be exact.
3. I became an Expat, someone who moved from their homeland to live and work in another country.
4. I traveled to Nepal over Christmas with a group of friends I had known for a little over 1 month.
5. I rode in the front of a bus for hours on winding, mountainous roads from Kathmandu to Pokara, from Pokara to Chitwan, and from Chitwan back to Kathmandu. (Anyone that knows me, knows I have to be the driver!)
6. I set up house across the world from my family and friends.
7. I lived by myself for the first time in my life.
8. I made it over a year (and continue to do so), living abroad.
9. I embraced a new culture and have expanded my global perspective in ways that would have been impossible had I remained in my comfort zone.
Now, in 2014, I would like to challenge myself in new ways. First, I would love to use this blog as a forum to showcase my attempts in Black & White, travel, landscape/seascape/cloudscape, and portrait photography. So, fellow photographers are welcome!
Second, I would like to explore the idea of writing a book. Is that ridiculous since I have never been a compulsive writer? It’s just that . . . let me explain it this way – I used to pass by cemeteries, turn of the century homes, or architecturally significant buildings wishing I had a camera to capture the mood of the structure beneath the overcast or rainy day. In a similar way, I sometimes think in narrative . . . as if my thoughts are developing prose for a book.
Clearly, I see and think differently from some but maybe, just maybe, my thoughts and perspectives are similar to those others. I hope to find out.