For someone who likes to photograph things in and of the great outdoors . . . this winter has been a miserable ball of suck.
Snow I can handle, as it can be very photogenic. Even some wind here and there as well.
But this seemingly never ending spate of below zero temperatures are just a bit more than we expected. After being spoiled since the turn of the century by climate change, this comes as a bit of a shock to the system. Old school winter, as it were.
So . . . what am I taking away from this? My desire to be somewhere besides the Buckeye State™ by next winter has been refueled. As I wrote recently, there is something on the southwestern coast of Oregon that I want to go investigate. That will most likely require my presence there for a year and a half or so.
It occurred to me recently that it was time for the next life cycle to begin, to reinvent myself. Follow along and I'll try to explain.
1. You are born and raised.
2. You flee the nest and go do your thing.
3. You settle down and be an average citizen.
4. Repeat two and three as necessary
Those first three things have occupied a nearly equal fraction of my life so far, and find myself with an increasing urge to take that step to number four. The wanderlust.
I am ready to flee the nest again. Perhaps I knew in Oregon way back in 1970 that I was destined to call it home? And that I am just now allowing myself to believe and do that?
Siochán leat, S.E.G.
I miss you, Pop.