Every so often I reach a juncture on my journey, a point of awe, appreciation, and gratitude, when I am stopped in my tracks for a moment. I woke up this morning suddenly struck by how far I have travelled, and was compelled to pause and observe the landscape. In many ways I have done everything I set out to achieve; my first book is published, and my second one is emerging through the editing process as I write; I have a lovely studio in the Town Mill at the heart of Lyme Regis.
What an amazing journey writing my books has evolved into, and continues to do so as I traverse new and unchartered terrain; my simple quest to share my experience and understanding has pushed my boundaries further than I could every have anticipated. The journey has been both one and the same time amazing and challenging; my tenacity, self-belief, and passion paradoxically strengthened with each new, often unexpected, challenge.
I have met so many people I would never have encountered had I not embarked on this journey. Many have inspired and enlightened my perspective, re-inspired and re-ignited my belief and passion, for which I am eternally grateful; some have shaken my faith, for which I am also grateful, as they have re-awoken my determination and clarified my belief. My ambition in writing is to share my experience and understanding; but the gifts in return are so much more.
Simply by taking that first step, then the next, the terrain I traversed led me to landscapes and destinations I had not envisaged from the outset. In having the courage and willingness to ‘go for it’ (no matter what that is, small or ambitious) my path unfolded before me. I had to learn to let go of my fear of uncertainty, to trust that, my intention honest and positive, I am ‘held’, guided, loved, and especially ‘safe’, in spite of my self doubts, misgivings and worries. It seems to me that we are here to help and support each other; no one, in reality, ‘makes it alone’, we are never isolated no matter how much we may feel we are at times.
It is hard to put into words the unfolding lessons and insights, the deepening sense of awakening to my ‘aliveness’, the way colours in my life change depth, tone, and brightness as I simply ‘let go’, take a breath, a step…….and traverse. Thank you to everyone (even those who have challenged my faith) I have met on my journey so far and to all those I have yet to meet, for the light that shines within you, illuminating my path with colours and tones, and brightening my way.