I've always been partial to the Sunday Creative as inspiration. I usually challenge myself, not only to find a photograph that meets the weekly topic, but also I try to look inside and see how that word resonates in me. At times it just isn't possible, but many times if I take time to contemplate, I find something to ponder....which leaves me on Saturday without having posted what's been carried around in the back of my mind for days.
Extension. Hmmmm. It was emotionally a tough week for me. I'm going to blame it on shoveling. There's something about the mindless, repetition of the chore that causes my mind to wander. I can't say for sure, but I think my mind wanders the way other people's minds wander when they meditate or do yoga. I'm not one for sitting still very well; I think the movement and physicality of shoveling allows me to get nearer that space. With plenty of shoveling this week I struck a nerve that left me emotionally worn out. So if anything I feel over-extended.
I've been trying to extend and push into places my mind doesn't want to go. To visit regrets, past mistakes, etc acknowledge them and then let them drift on. A bunch of these thoughts and those of the uncertainty of future came roaring out of the snow banks leaving me wiped out. A bright sunny day today has lifted my mood. I guess it is human nature to extend ourselves, to grow, to learn, to be better, to find something more, to strive, to not settle for just so-so. I'm on a big extension search right now. Surely answers will come-but oft they seem elusive.
For now I'm going to try to go with the flow. My photography is becoming an extension of who I am...a new extension....and I suppose all the other stuff will follow suit when it's ready.
Sometimes extensions spew ugliness.
Sometimes extensions are delicate and not fully formed.
Sometimes extensions are beautiful but unclear.
Sometimes extensions are cold and numerous.
Sometimes extensions come in the morning light.
I'm extended out. Thanks for taking the time to think about extension with me. Hopefully tomorrow's prompt won't take me so long to figure out.