Check this out. TMA is trying something a little new, a little raw, and a little more personal with the blog. From time to time, I’ll share my thoughts with you, dear reader. I call these overly verbose stretches of text MUSINGS. Muse along with me, won’t you? I hope you enjoy, but really, I hope you think it rocks!
My best ideas often come to me while I’m driving. The endless stretches of road out there before me sort of allow my mind to wander (of course I keep my eyes focused on the brake lights and incoming cars as I sing as loudly as humanly possible at my steering wheel). Lately, I’ve been thinking about how I get inspired to create. That thought led me to thinking about what inspires other people, and I began to wonder how others see things in the world.
We live in this world where technology has taken over our lives (Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE to text my friends, send them photos, and keep myself inserted into their daily lives. Sometimes the phone is definitely one with my hand). So, we’re often viewing the world through a tiny 4.5” screen. While I was out with some friends in NYC celebrating a birthday, I noticed this group of girls to my left. This enormous dessert came out to their table, complete with sparklers, sugary sprinkles, candy treats, and tasty sauces all carefully designed around ice cream. The dessert was a masterpiece, but every girl was staring at the treat through their iPhone. They took pictures galore, and I wondered if any of them looked up long enough to see the sparklers and the twinkling dance they were performing for them. That isn’t something you see with your camera. It’s something you see with your eyes (now if we’re really getting technical here, you see with your brain, not your eyes, but whatever. I digress…)
This world that is meant to be experienced in three dimensions is often flattened and dulled into two, just for the sake of a pretty picture. My hope is that everyone stops to appreciate the beautiful phenomenon that lies before them before they snap, snap, and snap away. I think there is an artist inside us all that relishes the subtleties and nuances in the everyday. I am reminded of this every day working with children. They can get excited over the smallest detail, and be inspired to create great things because of it.
My musing for the week ends with a suggestion. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to look at your surroundings. Maybe not just look, but actually see, and appreciate something completely random and ridiculous. Look at the way bubbles form on your bar of soap in the morning, or the way the milk turns your coffee marbleized the instant before you stir it. Look into someone’s eyes and notice how they reflect the entire room behind you. Admire the clouds as they travel in whispers across the moonlight. Be inspired by these everyday occurrences. Maybe it will inspire you to do something creative or encourage someone else to do something wonderful.
Here are some images I snapped with my iPhone. Yes, I stopped to look before I took a lense to them. And yes, it’s okay. You can share your thoughts too. Talk to me. I promise I like to listen as much as I like to write.
photos courtesy of viviana