“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau
Nature has a special place in my heart instilled in me from the early days of exploring with Freeway. It is both peaceful and fascinating; no matter how many occasions I walk along the same path, it always has something new to surprise or teach me. Constantly changing, it is never the same, whether through the seasons, my moods or the hours of the day. Examining it through the lens, affords me the ability to understand the wisdom in Thoreau’s words.
We are constantly changing, learning new things, as with nature and only by changing our perception are we able to change what we see, think and feel, which in turn changes our future. This is something that drives my poetry, by examining my experiences and laying it down on paper, I am better able to understand the situation I was in and what has now changed, to change my life accordingly. This gives me the ability to grow and enjoy the simple things that matter most in my life. To be humble and compassionate to those I come in contact with; this breaks down the walls of my own resistance and fear.
Often I may pass something or someone who requires my attention, if only to stop and admire its beauty, which in turn helps me to remain in the present, being conscious, not worrying about the past or thinking about the future.
To live for the day.