Setting Sail

Dories in a small harbor. Photo by Maria Orlova from Pexels

 Julia O'Reilly

"A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for"

–John A. Shedd, “Salt from My Attic”, 1928

Stepping out into new ventures can be a little scary. At least that’s true for me. Fortunately, cravings for new experiences overpower my anxieties.

Like a ship in times of old sailing out to uncharted waters, when we travel and engage in new learning experiences, we take risks. Immersing ourselves in new experiences makes us vulnerable. 

This same vulnerability can leave us open and receptive to valuable new ways of seeing and being in the world.  As artists, or for those venturing into the world of art-making for perhaps the first time, this is the perfect learning environment.

Being in new places kicks our senses into high gear. It creates an ideal state for learning, expanding our awareness, receiving, and giving. Traveling gives us that incredible opportunity to step out of our daily routines, to meet new people and see what happens.

The world might benefit if we can learn more about each other in an authentic, meaningful way.

~ Best regards, Julia