Who are the people who spark your mind and stimulate your creativity? I discover human gems around every corner. A treasure to me might be to you just a “what? I don’t get it?” How can that be?
You can make a list of a half-dozen or dozen experiences in your life that changed your world forever. The list I can assemble may not share any of the experiences you list. I don’t know the joy of childbirth or grandmother-hood, of seeing my husband nurture a son or daughter, or having siblings to compare stories of our lives. You may never have cared for parents in their declining years, visited India three times, or tried to draw the emotion you’ve seen in someone’s face… or struggled to craft a song that carries the deepest emotions you have experienced.
We can’t compare the highs and lows in our lives, but I do believe that the intensity of your experience is no less earth-shattering or inspirational than those I have lived.
So who are the people who have lifted you?
I look forward to sharing some of mine with you. And vice-versa.
Do you remember the photo of the Afgan girl with fear and anticipation in her beautiful green eyes, on the cover of National Geographic Magazine, year?
That photo was burned in my memory before I had any idea who took the photo.
In the last few years I have followed the work and the blogs of Steve McCurry. www.SteveMcCurry.com
When I was in India for the first time, I arrived in Mumbai in a taxi on a rainy night. A woman stood too close to traffic in the rain with her child in her arms and tapped on the cab window. She was asking for anything that I had, that I could give to her. My heart reached to her then and still reaches.
When I saw this photo by Steve McCurry, I became wrapped in that moment.
As a passionate later-in-life learning artist, I wrote to him and asked for permission to do a painting based on his photo. I will forever be grateful for his kind permission to let me imagine touching with paint… the moment of his photo.