|Water-gazing - a must. Milos, Greece (June 2013)|
What I mean by this: Instead of amping up all Spring toward big summer projects and obligations, I spent the Spring recovering from this past Winter's difficult and emotionally stressful event, the death of my husband's sister Whitney and her husband David. This past January, we found ourselves taken on a trip through horror and sadness that lasted through early Spring. I started seeing a therapist with whom I've been able to rise out of sadness and the weight of evil that passed through our lives. Because of this difficult period in my life, I have also had to deal with other personal struggles that presented themselves boldly in the midst of grief. 2013 has been a year focused on my deepest self and casting off the spells of pop culture, progress culture, and anything else that does not serve my happiness.
We went to Greece (I'll make a post about that next) for our friends' wedding and for tranquility, timelessness, sun, salt-water and sand. Since returning, it's been full steam ahead with GroundSwell Gallery (next next post) and with my own commitment to SUMMER for Summer's sake.
Like I said, this Summer has been a real Summer. The trip to Greece was a good kick off - I got a taste for lying in the sun and enjoying the simple sensation of warmth. I've been more focused on hiking and being outdoors, spending time with friends, reading novels, practicing yoga and running and making time to cook. All of this is not that unusual for me - the difference is that I feel unhinged and committed to living and loving without the distraction of: GO GO GO life is moving along without you if you don't run and keep up with "them" and do as much as you can to show the world how AMAZING you are all the time, no stopping, no other priorities, don't be left behind, keep up the good work Rebecca, you really owe it to the world.
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This is all to say, I'm living. I put this blog aside for a few months because each time I went to write or share a photo I felt the pressure of "Go Go Go" and just didn't need to participate in that run-around. Everything has to be re-identified with this basis for doing: I do this because I find fulfillment and joy for myself.