Aging Gracefully – Ever Feel the Need To Focus But Your Life is A Shotgun? I Do ๐Ÿ˜Š

Current Screenshot of My Images Page @FineArtAmerica - Felipe Adan Lerma
Current Screenshot of My Images Page @FineArtAmerica

No, not really offering any solutions, more an observation ๐Ÿ™‚

I do kinda chalk my frequent current state to aging. And yes, when I was younger, say half a century ago, lol, I had as many quality demands on my attention as now: family, all the arts ( music, painting, dancing, film, poetry, etc ), eating ( always a favorite! ), companionship, and of course the then current state of the union – political division, the battle of facts, and a clear indication the direction of our nation was now at a crossroads ( yeah, sounds familiar ๐Ÿ˜Š )

Fortunately I didnโ€™t carry the miracle marvel of a cell phone with me, though my camera usage was limited by the cost of developing even half a dozen images!

But I mentioned I kinda chalk up my shotgun style life more to aging vs me when I was younger. Back then, it was easier for one interest to grip me for any given period of time, and Iโ€™d go with it. Follow it until a way forward was no longer visible, or…another interest literally yanked me off one path to another.

Recently, the number of competing interests have each gained enough traction within me itโ€™s been troubling giving up the many to do one thing.

It wasnโ€™t I didnโ€™t know I could do all I wanted serially, one at a time.

It was that I wanted to do everything at once โ€”

At the speed I thought it…

Or felt it.

Like an infant or young child, the world of possible expression was shining promises brightly in my soul ๐Ÿ˜Š

Thatโ€™s a good thing.

So…then…what is the good thing โ€˜bout my life being a shotgun?

I remembered what a dear friend a couple of decades past told me. He was showing me a splendid assortment of historical weapons from past eras and various nations, Spanish Civil War etc, and he must have read my expression – one of both awe and no desire to accumulate anything near the same, and he said, โ€œIf youโ€™re gonna have one weapon. Get a shotgun.โ€

In essence, he explained it offered the easiest quickest safest form of self-protection.

I think thatโ€™s what my art, at least my photographic art, is โ€”
my shotgun.

Painting, I focus on and prefer landscapes and florals.

But photography โ€” it allows me to shotgun….

Maybe thatโ€™s aging gracefully ๐Ÿ˜Š


Artist self portrait - photo of Felipe Adan Lerma on converted railway track bike ferry for the Island Line Trail connecting mainland Vermont to South Hero on Lake Champlain.

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    • Beautifully said, Deb! Oh, yes, we do all customize our lives; itโ€™s such a blessing we sometimes donโ€™t realize we have. I know I donโ€™t, lol! Itโ€™s part of whatโ€™s in-it-for-me when I write a post, a self reminder and clarifier ๐Ÿ™‚

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