I’ve been thinking about creativity and making and the spaces we need to thrive and grow. Watching my baby grandsons as they wake up and stretch from the tips of their toes to the tops of their nearly bald heads reminds me that we need spaces, both physically and mentally to grow and develop.
My cats seek out spaces, even now that they are old. They are particularly partial to spaces with sun where they stretch and curl. Phil even posed, turning his face to me and the sun when I called his name.
I watched a little girl as I walked down the beach today, she came running from behind me at full speed in the shallow surf along the shore. She was small, probably not more than 5 years old. I wondered where the adult in charge was. When I turned back I could see mom in the distance–and the girl kept running.
She seemed so at ease, running with abandon and delight, occasionally looking back to see where mom was. The distance between them was too far for my comfort, so I watched, especially as she got closer to the crowd near the lifeguard tower. Mom did catch up before I left the beach–and she was mad! I guess we have to find the balance in the spaces too.
I do find myself looking up…at the spaces between the earth and space where the birds and the clouds float by. Birds are hard to capture with my camera, especially pelicans that tend to fly higher than my lens can see. I was delighted today when I looked up and snapped these three pelicans in the spaces between the heavens and the palm trees. (Sometimes timing is everything!)
Sometimes you have to make spaces in your life for micro vacations, time for a break from the everydayness and responsibilities of life. Last night we headed to the beach to watch the sun set and put our toes in the sand.
We watched a family with a bunch of balloons as a prop for a photo shoot for their daughter. I have mixed feelings about balloons. They are colorful and festive, floating and bobbing in the breeze. And they are dangerous to the ocean and its inhabitants. I both gasped and clicked when I saw the balloons float free into the expansive spaces of the sky.
As the sun began to set, we walked back up the hill toward the parking lot and sat on some benches to watch the sun in the spaces between the palm tree and the sea.
So where are the spaces in your life? Where do you find inspiration, relaxation, reminders to run free and appreciate the little things?
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Take a look around for those spaces that allow you to grow, to create or even to breathe and snap that shutter! I can’t wait to see the spaces in your life.