Friday, September 7, 2012

As if for the first time

Cross-posted from Carrie Jordan's Blog

 Photography by Amanda Charchian

 Photography by Amanda Charchian
 Photography by Amanda Charchian

He looked around as if seeing the world for the first time. Beautiful was the world, colorful was the world, bizarre and enigmatic was the world! There was blue, there was yellow, there was green. Sky flowed and river, forest jutted and mountain: everything was beautiful, everything enigmatic and magical.
Re-reading a journal from three years ago, I came across this passage I had written down from Herman Hesse's Sidhartha.
We should wake up each day and look around as if seeing the world for the first time. There is so much to be grateful for.
I have been experiencing a range of emotions the past couple of weeks because I am downsizing and moving to a studio in a nearby mountain town. Leaving my wonderful bungalo apartment that I have made my home for two years is very sad. As I get ready to sell most of my things this weekend, sifting through memories and textures, I am excited, sad, nostolgic, and grateful. I have so much, and it is quite a #firstworldproblem that I don't want to part with my things. But this is an exercise that makes me feel alive. And I am excited to start over.