I published this post on an older version of my blog a couple of years ago and have considerably revised and updated it to include here. I leave it again as a reminder not to allow doubt and negativity to interfere with plans and goals; and to remember to make space in the day to simply ‘be’…
Every day, weather permitting, I walk from my house to the sea. This has become an increasingly important part of my creative journey, and I miss it terribly if it is too stormy and wet, as it is today. These walks are a gift to myself, a special time to recharge the batteries, reflect, and look around. I have always felt better somehow when walking in the outdoors – more vital and alive, but also more relaxed and at peace. The act of walking projects the body through space whilst simultaneously allowing the mind to meander through a series of thoughts, and the eye to stroll along the horizon. I have discovered a beautiful rhythm in this which I like to think of as a kind of meditation. There is no pressure to make or do anything creative, although I always carry a camera and sketchbook. Whilst photography and drawing are part of my daily work activities, they are also hugely therapeutic and life affirming when the all too familiar pressures of time and money are removed from the equation. The pauses between steps, the clicks of the shutter, or pencil marks falling across paper, naturally become part of the rhythm of the walk.
It is remarkably common for people to be discouraged from their goals and dreams by fear of failure, lack of confidence or self doubt. So it is during these walks that I am slowly cultivating a kind of positive thought that I suddenly realise is a crucial part in achieving anything that is significant in our lives….I am starting to believe…This is so simple, yet so important, that I had to rush home and write it down…..
Since sharing this the first time, I’ve developed a whole body of photographic works, and a number of significant ideas for studio work as a direct result of these relaxing excursions along the coastline. I have also swung from euphoric states of believing back to hopeless states of unbelieving. The walking always brings me back to the former, and for that I am eternally grateful.
The images below are from the ongoing project One Mile of Coastline, which has gradually emerged from my daily seaward wanderings. The project can be seen in full here.
As always, I’m very interested in reading your comments. Please share your thoughts with me using the form below.
All images and content: Copyright © 2012-2016, Debbie Yare, All rights reserved