The Edge of Forever

31 Jul
The Edge of Forever

The Edge of Forever


“We need, ourselves, to go to those edges, and peer over them, if not to see what lies beyond, then to see what lies within.”

I recently picked up a book called A Beautiful Anarchy by David duChemin…and I’ve been following along on his inspiring blog, same title.  One of his posts was about changing our perceptions, facing our fears and embracing each day with a sense of adventure.

In his words, “What would our art, our businesses, our relationships, look like if we embraced and nurtured a spirit of adventure in our daily lives? If we willingly went to new places, opened new doors, and explored new ideas? What would we discover there, about possibility, about others, and likely most of all about ourselves? How much more interesting would our lives be, free from the need to be surrounded by the familiar, the known, the certain, and the too-comforting illusion of safety? What kind of stories would we find ourselves living and telling? How would our audience for these stories, and for the art that emerges from them, grow, and how would our engagement with them change?”

Those are all very good questions.  Talk about an instant perception shift.

I’ve said for a long time that it’s very easy to get caught up in our own little box.  To get trapped in the day to day, to go to work, to bed, to eat the same foods, to let our souls wither on a bland diet of sameness.  We are biologically engineered to desensitize ourselves…its a survival mechanism that keeps our bodies alive.  But what does it do to our spirit?

The above photo was created as an homage to this idea of embracing the unknown.  Last weekend we took a road trip to Vermont, just to get a way for a day and to see some family.  I got up early on Sunday to catch the sunrise, which turned into an overcast morning and a sky full of texture.  It was nice to spend a little time in the peace and quiet, watching the world wake up.  As I sat on the edge of the dock, enjoying the moment, I started thinking about how important those little road trips and adventures are to my life.  As my cousin said, I’m a traveler.  But truly, what better way to develop an emotional connection with people and places than to experience them?  And how much better would the world be if we could all embrace things that were new and different, rather than demonizing and judging without true knowledge of…whatever it is…to draw on?

So, today, I encourage you to embrace adventure.  Try something new.  Eat something different.  Cook a new recipe.  Learn a new skill.  See the world.  Travel to a place that you’ve never been.  Take a leap of faith into the unknown and revel in the experience.

Life is a beautiful gift and it is meant to be messy, joyful and most importantly, full.  Don’t wait until tomorrow.  Today, you stand at the edge of your forever.  Now is the time to embrace your future. 🙂

A little housekeeping…

This shot is a manual blend, Canon 7D, Induro tripod adventure series

Also, I’m looking for your help on an art project!  Pretty please with a cherry on top.  I’ll be giving out a free print to the person who’s quote gets chosen, and to one of the people who helped spread the word about it in the first place.  So please, check out the post, share it, and tell me what quote the image reminds you of. 🙂 

8 Responses to “The Edge of Forever”

  1. John Clifford July 31, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

    Beautifully written, and what a great photo!!!

    • seeingspotsphoto July 31, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

      Thank you so much, John. The photo is a bit of a departure from my normal work, but given the theme of the blog post, it seemed to work. 🙂

  2. Katja Stubbe July 31, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    Amazing photo!!

  3. Justin Avery (J.T. Avery Photography) August 1, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    Great post and great photo Shannon! I have found that when I want to get out and shoot I always find myself thinking about places I’ve already been as I know what I can expect to get for shots but yet also wonder if I can actually get something that’s different than what I’ve already captured. Every once and awhile I’ll take a chance to go check out a place I haven’t been in hopes that it works out. Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t. When it does work out though, it makes the trip completely worth it. I also think that by taking the chance to try something new it helps you grow by allowing you to learn more about yourself. I find that I enjoy my life so much more by trying a lot of things that in the past I wouldn’t have considered it thinking that I wouldn’t like it.

    • seeingspotsphoto August 3, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

      I agree, there is something to be said for both scenarios. An older location with different light can be rewarding, but to me, that magical moment of discovering a new place is so remarkable and memorable. It’s tough being a traveler, it’s so easy to fall in love with everywhere I’ve seen, each place having its own charm…but the moments in each place that usually stand out to me are the “ah ha!” moments where I discover something or some place new. 🙂

  4. Graham Stephen August 3, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

    that’s a remarkable image

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