Monday, July 7, 2008

Dreaming of Lands Unknown

The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle.
Anais Nin

The last week has been unusual. Next month I will celebrate what to me is a significant birthday. This time last year I had set many goals that I wanted to accomplish. In looking back I see these goals weren't completed due to a number of events that have occurred this past year. At first I was upset that they hadn't and then I realized that I've been given a gift in this. Now instead of asking what are the goals I want to meet, I'm asking what are some of the things that I enjoy/dream about, i.e. what is the journey I want to take. I have to give a bit of background here. One of the dreams that I frequently have when I'm sleeping is about an area of California that I fell in love with 12 years ago, the Santa Barbara/Ventura/Oxnard region (they run along the coast for those who may not know). The dream is always about water in some way and this region is connected with it. In the dream, I've visiting places connected to these cities (I haven't visited the region extensively, so it's not a factual place). When I'm in this place though, life is magical and full of opportunities. I always wake up feeling happy, relaxed on one hand, yet yearning for something that I've never been able to pinpoint on the other. So I've never been sure how to interpret this dream other then to think maybe this is my mystical Shangri-La...

Last week I had had the dream again. The next day an opportunity arose for me to go to Santa Rosa Island the weekend of my birthday for a photography workshop. That definitely woke me up so to speak and gave me a chills up the spine moment. Why? It so happens Santa Rosa Island is part of the Channel Islands and is 40 miles off the coast from Ventura/Santa Barbara. I will be backpacking in and camping for 3 nights. So I'm not sure what the journey will bring. Maybe it doesn't have to bring anything other then teaching/helping me to listen, continue to enjoy life's magic and not be afraid to dream of lands known and unknown.

The Cranberries: "Dreams":


1 comment:

Paul Sears said...

Santa Barbara is just wonderful. The Mrs. and I love to go up there for the occasional weekend once or twice a year, and then we usually head into the nearby mountains to visit Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley wineries. The beach in Santa Barbara is just beautiful - we usually hit a certain spot over by UCSB where you can see the ocean to your right and the mountains to your left. Makes for great pictures, that's for sure!

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