Wednesday, August 26, 2020

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” -Laozi - Shannon's thought's before the big adventure

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” -Laozi
We depart Sunday before dawn, Carl and I. Headed for the Dry Tortugas and a month off the grid, on the uninhabited island of Loggerhead Key. I wanted to leave you all with thoughts on first steps.
It is time to cast off our lines and sail for new unexplored territory. For me personally, taking chances is one of the most rewarding parts of life. This is not the first time I have been at this exhilarating place. In 2006-2007, I left Lake Worth Beach in a travel trailer having sold all of my personal possessions, save a few essential and sentimental things. I traveled widely across our beautiful country. In New Mexico I painted my first serious landscape while snowed into my trailer and accompanied by two evaporating bottles of Cabernet. It was the first step on this unexpected journey. I have realized what was then an inconceivable state of being….living as an artist in an everyday sense. Thousands of miles have indeed passed and I will be honest, I was scared at the onset of that road trip that would change my life. I slept the first night in a Publix parking lot, somewhere in the Florida pan handle. I was scared I’d break down. I was scared of crashing. I was scared about not having a friend, should I need one, to call upon. I was in reality, scared of myself. I had never driven with a trailer before, so when I drove away from my three closest friends they only saw confidence.
I don’t have any of those fears or misgivings heading out to an uninhabited Island, 72 miles west of Key West, to live off the grid for the entire month of September. I feel more alive than ever! I couldn’t put my finger on it until now, but something in my life has been lacking. I can see now that I have been separated from what makes me my most authentic self, nature and being immersed in it, whilst letting my wanderlust take me. Like that year long road trip, I expect this journey to hold enlightenment and profound surprise.
Stepping away from this manicured modernity of misplaced priorities is already giving me a great sense of ease. My soul has been malnourished for too long. Maybe its just me, but possibly we are all lacking some vitamin or mineral that only nature can provide for us. I want to be fresh, I want my work to be fresh. I want my love to be fresh, I want to be, the best me. Imagine what a healthier soul can do.. in all facets of life.

Here is that painting from Santa Fe, as well as, the truck and that trailer. A.K.A. The Escape Pod. I look forward to sharing my experience with you. Many of you have made this dream possible and I cannot thank you enough for your gift of support. 

Peace and Love!

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