“To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do this, you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions.” -Deepak Chopra
The paths that we take in life define who we are as a person. There are many paths and many experiences that come as we make our perilous journey. Regardless of the pathway we choose, we know that we will grow.
We know that our soul is the author of our path and if we allow it our soul will lead us to the most pure path. We know that at times our journey will be sorrowful while other times bring us great joy. Sometimes the path will be lovely and sometimes a terrible sight. But this should not keep us from moving forward.
But where will these paths lead us? This is what we chose to explore.
As we discussed ideas for our project we came to the conclusion that all of us are on a different path. And although our paths are different they are equally beautiful. We are each making new footprints in new territories and because of that we can be lead to new directions in life, new memories, and new people.
Here are our paths:
My path has led me down a lot of different roads. But luckily those roads always seem to end somewhere beautiful and more often than not on a river. For me fly fishing is my home base. When life gets difficult and my path becomes unclear or difficult to navigate I can always slip away for a while and fish and recenter my life it helps me put things into perspective, it let's me clear my head and really be able to sort things out. Fly fishing is what keeps me connected to the things that are the most important to me, my family, my friends, nature and of course fish. It reminds me of what is important and helps me continue down my path with a little more clarity.
The path I have chosen has led me to a great understanding of the deepness of this earth, along with mine and everyone’s connection to it. While on this path I have gone through many transformations and have become more conscious to the world around me. By using the elements of earth, I am connected to it. The spirit of which I seek is embedded within these elements, Sage, Copal Tears, Crystals and Stones help guide me, along with meditation my path becomes clear. I am excited to continue on this path so that I can make an impact on this earth and the people around me. I see my path but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.
Photography for me began as a means of reference for my paintings, but soon grew to something greater. While I continue to experiment melding the two mediums together, (both have become intertwined within me) I will continue to love and develop each by experiencing them in the vastness of nature. I find I am continuously drawn to water, both large and small. It was raining this day and I wanted to go paint at the lake as crazy as that sounds. The clouds are mesmerizing just after a storm, the ripples and waves in the murky water create a steady rhythm within my being, and all the elements together have a cleansing effect that I can’t explain. Water has a way of calling me back when I need it most, much like the mediums I create with. The very act of creating has a grounding effect on my life that I cannot deny and so I will continue developing on this path I’m on.
My love for nature and rock climbing has allowed me to push myself physically and mentally. There is no explaining the rush I feel as I become one with nature and tackle a climbing feat. It is not easy. My body and mind both fight against me constantly as I struggle to improve. Climbing has allowed me to connect with nature and to connect with my Spirit. I know I was put on this Earth for a reason and by allowing myself to coexist in such a vulnerable position I am growing closer to finding out that reason. Climbing has taken me to beautiful places and to meet some of the greatest people. I am so thankful for this path.