I think. A lot.
There are thoughts that are positive and there are thoughts that are negative.
Some are even about scenarios that never happen.
"What if something goes wrong?"
"What if I end up alone?"
"What if my friends abandon me?"
"What if I'm never successful?"
"What if I mess everything up?"
"What if I lose my creative spark?"
"What if no one likes me?"
"What if I disappoint someone?"
"What if no one cares?"
"What if I no longer feel inspired?"
"What if I never have any good ideas?"
"What if nothing makes me joyful?"
"What if others think I am less than them?"
"What if I ruin someone's day?"
"What if no one cares about the things I want to share?"
Do you ever have any of these thoughts?
I don't think we should listen to them.
It's July 23, 2016.
It's currently 1:33 AM.
For some reason, I constantly find myself awake late at night feeling the same way.
I feel lonely.
I'm writing this as a reminder. A reminder for myself and anyone else who may feel the same way.
I doubt that any of my peers would describe me as a "people person". In my opinion, I'm the last guy that should be described as so. I'm quiet, reserved, and not the most social. It takes a lot of effort for me to "get out there". If you need a great example of introversion, look no further than myself.
Despite this, a funny thought crossed my mind recently:
I really like the people I have around me.
I mean I REALLY like them.
The people that have been placed in my life come in all types. They're male and female, young and old. Some are funny, some are smart, some are talented. There are those who are good listeners and those who are good speakers. They make great teachers and great learners. I've known some for my entire life and I've known others for only a year. They're fascinating, interesting, and compelling. Each one is unique in their own way. They bring me immense joy whenever I think about the moments I have shared with them
We all have those people.
Before I sat down to write this, I was looking through my phone. It contains over 500 photos. Many of of which depict my friends and family. As I scrolled through each one, I saw a multitude of faces smiling back at me through the screen. I couldn't help but smile back.
Over the next couple of weeks, a few of those people will be contributing to this site. I've always had this idea in mind and I'm eager to have some creative output here that isn't just from myself.
Until then, take a moment. Think of the people that have been placed around you. Think of the ones who make you laugh. The ones you learn from. The ones who listen. The ones who bring you joy.
We all have those people.
I spent a week by myself in Iceland, 2500 miles from home.
There were highs and there were lows. From getting to see the most beautiful landscapes in existence to having my equipment break. It was a week that I never imagined would happened. The things I saw moved me more than any other place on Earth I have been.
Here's what I experienced:
If you're reading this, I want to thank you.
Thank you for following the story of my adventure.
Now go have one of your own.
It's nice to be back home. I missed my family, my friends, and my bed. Heck, I even missed seeing the moon and the stars (I didn't see a night sky all week).
When I was away, 2500 miles from home, I was very inspired by the creation around me. This past week was one of my most creative weeks in recent memory. I took photographs, shot videos, and I even managed to compose a brand new piece of music.
The piece is titled "ævintýri". It's Icelandic for "adventure".
It's a very simple piece of music. In fact, I think it's the simplest thing I have ever composed. It's only two chords and clocks in at under 3 minutes.
It's simplicity is what makes my like it so much.
Here's the album art for the single. The photo was taken from the top of Hallgrímskirkja, a church in the middle of Reykjavík.
You can listen to and download "ævintýri" for free at projectatlantic.bandcamp.com or click the "Music" tab at the top of the page.
Thanks for listening.