Ebb and Flow

October 5th, 2009

I’ve lived on the coast of South Carolina since 1985. Before that, D.C. Before that, lots of wandering around as a Navy wife. Before that, growing up in Crazytown, Kentucky. The route I’ve taken from a landlocked state of mind to this water world just minutes from my front door has been roundabout and unpredictable, but I like to think there was a reason. For an insecure introvert like me, it’s been instructive to live in a place where the rhythm of the tides symbolizes the flux that is the only constant in life. I hate change. I want all the people in my life to stay in my life. When someone moves, I grieve. The thought of moving to another house, another city, throws me into a panic. At the same time, I know that water that stands still can stagnate like the farm ponds I grew up around. There is always something new and possible in the every-changing ebb and flow of the tides. If I had stood still, I would never have left Kentucky, never gone to college, never started skirt! magazine. Every change has been difficult for me — I’m not naturally adventurous — but I know that I can’t hold back the tide. The next incoming one might bring new people or projects into my life, and the next outgoing one just might take me to an amazing place I couldn’t even begin to imagine for myself.

3 Responses to “Ebb and Flow”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Stunning shot… wow! You are so talented.

  2. V-Grrrl @ Compost Studios says:

    I used to cling to the familiar, but when I took the plunge and became an expat, I fundamentally changed how I saw myself, my life, my future. It was like I was shaken out of a stupor and woke up and saw what I was missing by putting all my energy into keeping my world safe and steady. I'm not bold and I'm not fearless, but I am far more open to new experiences and interested in breaking out of my routines than I ever was before. I tell myself I'm too young to have my life go permanently into re-runs.

  3. Nikki Hardin says:

    A friend of mine just bought a Mac after decades as a PC user. Something so simple can take your brain down different neural pathways. I have to keep looking for those opportunities.