Today’s art challenge prompt is backpack, which initially made me think of school, but since our theme is Outdoor Fun, I opted for a more rugged version. That said, I’ve never really hiked with a backpack, preferring instead to just wander down nature trails unencumbered. Of course, this is barely consider hiking by those who travel long distances, but I still find it very enjoyable. As a kid, seeing a glimpse of a new path in the woods would fill me with excitement. I had an uncontrollable urge to follow it just to see where it might lead. A path found in nature, is a place where others, humans or animals, have been before you arrived. Following it reveals what they saw, those beings that traveled there the first several times, creating the path in the first place. For me, it was new so it was always exciting since it was the very first time. But the most wonderful thing in the world can also be to create your very own path. To travel in another direction and blaze a trail by going to those places that others haven’t thought to visit.
I have to admit that I used to do this all of the time as a kid, but as an adult I often find myself proceeding with caution. I tend to second guess my impulses rather than just run with them as I think of them. This may surprise some of you, since I have managed to try some rather unusual and new things with this site. Within my first year of blogging, I founded World Watercolor Month, and in my second year I added full social community features here along with an online store that features work from other artists. For some reason, each year around this time as I head into a new one, I get a bit itchy and want to try new things. Perhaps this is just a side effect of being an artist. It’s not a destination that you ever actually arrive at, but more of a journey that presents new amazing things to try each and every day. And it’s this very journey, finding each and every new awesome trail, that makes is so incredibly rewarding!
I hope if you’re reading this and have a crazy idea that you think you’d like to try next, you’ll consider simply trying it! Throw caution to the wind and simply DO it! I say this because I now fully realize that when you decide to do something a bit differently, amazing things happen. There’s never a comparison to be made. When it comes to trying new things, success is entirely relative and personal since it can’t possibly be directly compared to anyone else at all. As scary as uncharted territory can be, this always makes me crave it. It’s intoxicating to think you can’t be wrong. That’s always the first step in pursuing any new idea. Sure, it may not work out as you expected or be something that’s adopted by others, but how cool is it to think for one blissful moment in life, you’re guaranteed to be right. Or, at the very least, the first one to try something that seems a bit crazy to others. And, though I may not be extreme when it comes to my experiences with nature, I can’t help but promote the very idea of at least attempting the act of hiking down a new path.
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