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It’s Pixel Fix Friday! The Midlife Crisis Edition.

Wherein I (sometimes) post one or more photos I’ve taken, and write about ‘em. And that’s it. No biggie. Just a pixel-fix on my part. Each and every (occasional) Friday.I just recently spent a few days on the west coast at a friend’s place in Victoria.

I went out there for a reason.

It was meant to be a kind of soul-searchy, restorative, wtf-should-I-do-with-my-life, holiday-ish sort of a thing.Yup. That’s what it was meant to be.

For three whole days I was out there. In that beautiful place. By the ocean. (Well, three and a half whole days really.)

Trying to figure out which path I should take: Should I walk the scary heart road or get on the rational head highway?

Yup. A three and a half day trip.

Plenty o’ time to figure it all out.Except, that I didn’t.

[Get out.]

[It’s true.]

I didn’t figure it all out. At least not in the way you might think.I did, however, come away with more answers than I expected.

You see, gradually, and relentlessly, it sinks in that stuff doesn’t matter, money doesn’t matter–even places don’t matter to a large extent. I mean, I love the island. I love the ocean and the sea salt air. But I don’t have to have it, try to cling to it, and make it a part of my identity. Even though I feel like I want to. I mean, I go there and I want to stay there.But, you can’t nail stuff down and keep it in your life. You can’t. No matter how scared you are, and how much you might yearn for stability and security, and wish to hang on to things, the fact is, the world is a dynamic, shifting, and ever-changing place. And beauty is everywhere. All we can do is try to tap into that dynamic and try to shift and flow along with it.

Where you are, what you own, how much money you have, even what you do to a large extent–all this is surface stuff. Worth a look yes, important to consider somewhat–to a point–but certainly not the fundamental of life.No, it’s people that matter. Souls matter. Relationships matter.

Creativity matters. Love matters.

The fundamental of life is love–some kind of manifestation of love that expands your heart and your mind–and it is this core thing that carries you through life. With it, I think you can do much. Without it, I think you will struggle and always feel just a bit–if not a lot–out of sorts. Whether you are consciously aware of it or not.And that is what I (re)learned on this trip.So, take the heart road–the path that lies closest to the fundamental of life. The path that will expand your heart and your mind. It’s the one with meaning, and the one that leads to greater happiness.

And be brave. Shun fear.

For life is short.

~k

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2 comments on “It’s Pixel Fix Friday! The Midlife Crisis Edition.

  1. Sarah
    September 16, 2011

    Fearless. Hmmm….I’m trying? Perhaps I won’t put a question mark there next time. “Once more into the breach….”

    You are an inspiration.

    Thank you.

    xox

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  2. kim
    September 18, 2011

    Can never be fearless, my friend. Never. Can only act in spite of it. As you do all the time. I have witnessed you do so, many many times. :)

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