Writing or a Lack Thereof

I haven’t been writing despite the fact that I am chock full of new experiences.

I think a big part of it is because I am trying to absorb so much right now that I haven’t been able to put words to all I am feeling, seeing and experiencing. I don’t even know where to begin.

One reason I keep putting off posting here is because I keep discovering amazingly beautiful things that I want to share but feel I really need to have a photograph to go with it. Then I don’t want to stop and take a photograph because I’m enjoying what I’m seeing. I want to just be in the experience. I don’t want to be one of those people that miss things because they are so busy trying to record it all. So I found an image online that shows a bit of what I’m talking about. Thanks to Wikimedia for this image.

I had this novel idea that maybe I should work on my descriptive writing skills and see if I can capture any of it. Duh! That’s what a writer does! I’ll see what I can do.

So I am starting with this:

We recently moved to a very rural and extremely beautiful part of the world. This is rolling farmland filled with hard working people. Our house is new and built in a tiny old village. We can walk to a bank, a tavern, a general store and some other small businesses. There is a fire company manned by volunteers. I am discovering that this is an area of community. Of people taking care of the land and each other.

I drive winding country roads and the views are breathtaking. There is one high point in the road where I drive daily which curves around revealing a view that goes on for miles and takes my breath away. Fields and farms. Dramatic sky with majestic clouds and beams of sunlight shining through. I know this sounds corny but it’s real and I hope I never take it for granted.

We originally decided to move this way because the cost of living is so much cheaper than where we were but we continue to discover more and more wonderful things here. Priorities seem to be more in tune with us. The pace of living is slower which is great. People are friendly. There is very little traffic and as far as we can tell, little or no crime.

Even though we have only moved a fairly short distance, we feel we have landed in a new world and one that we are very happy with. I feel like I am starting a new life here. And I feel like I’m on an adventure discovering new things daily.

When I manage to get pictures I will share them. In the meantime I will try to paint this new life I’m living in words and hope I can capture at least a small part of what I’m experiencing. I need to start again somewhere so I’ll just dive in and see what shows up. I hope you’ll come along and if I manage to get it right, maybe you too can find some of these things fascinating too.

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7 thoughts on “Writing or a Lack Thereof

  1. You are writing. I just read it. And sometimes words can describe the moment, the feelings and emotions a picture could never convey.

  2. Your new home sounds amazing. I’d love to live out in the middle of nowhere myself and maybe my husband and I will do that one day. I’m tired of neighbors, traffic and noise. It gets tiring.

  3. Dad says:

    Just jotting down what you have captures a lot of your emotions. Just go with it! The words will come and they will say what you want to convey!

  4. Dad says:

    You just can’t force it! When you feel something, jot it down and then sit down when you have time and just relax and let it happen!

  5. Kathy says:

    Sherrie, I so enjoyed reading this. And I have very similar thoughts about photography and writing. It can feel really challenging to have that camera out all the time; it’s easy to get caught in a place of not using the other senses, if that makes sense. One of the reasons I quit blogging for periods is because it gets too wearing to take pictures, and people do like photos included with words. As the wise ones have said, there is a time and place for everything in every season. A time for taking pictures, a time for writing, a time for incubating, a time for just driving along and enjoying the scenery…

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