Unfortunately, I had another strange day today (see previous post). However, I had time to reflect, and that was an unexpected blessing.
I've been thinking about the things that I find interesting. Really thinking about them. I often find that I am a bit of a black sheep when it comes to sharing interests with others. The things I find compelling are - for lack of a better term - esoteric. It's rare that I come across someone who shares in a similar way that I enjoy and view things. It happens, but it is rare.
Sure, I love music, I have yet to meet someone who hasn't. But I find that there are so many elements of music that most completely ignore. Theory, composition, emotional resonance, its purpose in the way we live out our lives. These are all things running through my mind when I listen to a piece. And unfortunately, I find that a focus on these elements is rare, even amongst those who play music. I can talk to other musicians about gear to a point, but at the end of the day, your guitar doesn't mean anything unless you are creating something meaningful with it.
The same goes with filmmaking. I don't enjoy an action movie because of the amount of explosions nor do I enjoy a comedy because of the amount of laughs. Editing, screenwriting, cinematography and shot composition, character development. These are all things I take into account when watching a film. Movies are a big complicated art form and I don't understand those who merely decide whether one is "good" or "bad" when they don't dig into the many aspects of what goes on in a film.
And then there is nature. I find that even this is something I approach differently.
When I'm outside and "away from it all", time seems to slow down.
A second seems like a minute, a minute seems like an hour, and an hour seems like a day.
Viewing nature is a special thing. And it's an opportunity that most don't take advantage of. It's as if we have access to the world's largest art gallery and God has put some of his best works on display for us to enjoy. When was the last time you were still and just observed the natural world that's been untouched by man? A sunset happens once a day. How many times do you actually pause and pay attention to it? I bet it's less than you would like. I find that even I don't enjoy them enough!
I wanted to to try to craft something that communicates that slow element I experience when viewing nature. This is what I created:
The next time you can, I suggest you slow down, be still, and take in the wonderful creation that surrounds you.
I feel like a broken record, but as I have said in posts before, we are blessed to live in such an incredible place.
Don't pass up the opportunity to experience the beauty we have around us.