- Those who feel as though they are riding along in a canoe, allowing the river to take them where it pleases, laying low in smooth waters and throwing a life jacket on in the white rapids, accepting the path and dealing with the future as it comes, looking over to see what the land has provided and eating what they are given by the water. Think, passive.
- Those who feel as though they are driving a car and are making choices at every intersection, speeding through uncomfortable neighborhoods, stopping to go to the bathroom when necessary, taking on hitch hikers when bored, feeling in control of their choices, plotting courses, looking at maps, and crashing into walls when not looking (waterfalls happen in canoes so no one is safe from catastrophe, the difference is this type may drive themselves right into it, while boaters just let them happen) Think, active.
While both have their pros and cons, I have always felt like I was in a canoe. My own personal canoe. I ride along, sometimes taking smaller branches or tributaries hoping it meets back with the main source (this sometimes requires some work and paddling to get back on track) but most of the time, I just go with the flow. I think whenever I try to be a car driver I get completely lost and freaked out and end up driving below the speed limit and people are honking and I miss the streets I was looking for. And paddling up stream is a total nightmare filled with exhaustion and wasted effort. I am sure some people are very good at plotting their own courses and making things happen for themselves, but when I try to decide what is best for me, I am usually proven wrong. I find that what I need, when I need it, and how much, is decided by time and space and provided to me when it is just right (I have several examples of this from my life experience) Sometimes I may feel just on the cusp of something big, the water swirls and rises, then sometimes recedes. I accept it and feel fine going with the flow. It takes the pressure off of me to not feel like I have to be responsible for making changes. I am feeling some serious turbulent changes in my river right now though! In a very fun and exciting way! I am reluctant to even talk about it since the water has been stirring for some time now and as of yet, has not fully transitioned. May not be time yet. Still, it gets a bit quicker each day! If it slows again, it will likely be business as usual here and I won't bring it up again. But maybe I will put my life jacket on, put on my goggles and get an oar just in case.
I love metaphors. What type of person are you? A rider, or a driver? Have you ever thought about it that way? Do you think you switch it up, or do you have an inclination to one or the other? You don't have to even comment on this obviously since you may think I am completely full of it, but maybe think about it for a minute. Maybe the way you have been traveling through life has been causing you some unnecessary stress or stagnation and it may help to switch it up.
These shots were taken by Paige last Saturday after we watched my town's parade (my two men walked in it!). We had parked by this old barn and I had always wanted to take pictures there so we just shot a few!
Strapless dress (a hippie skirt actually pulled up): Vintage thrifted
Members Only Jacket: Vintage, gift from a crazy girl I don't know anymore
shoes, belt, hat: Vintage thrifted