"I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seatbelt. The most remarkable things follow."I've also been thinking about my 6-year-old friend who came to visit me with her mother a few weeks ago, and the mantra she recited as she approached the monkey bars and other playground obstacles: "The mighty Regan doesn't give up!"
This blog has been dormant the past couple months, though I've visited it often in a weird state of reminiscing. After you've maintained some sort of blog for 11 years, it's like an old friend that indulges you with details of memories you'd otherwise forgotten.
If I look back on this post in another 11 years, I wonder what details will bubble up when I read this. As I'm writing, it already feels like a chapter is beginning, not just for me but for many I know and love. In times like these when I'm liable to draw inward as I process change, I'm least likely to document it. But I also know, after spending probably too much time revisiting these posts, that it's good for me to stick around here and post when I don't feel like it.
Which brings me to Summer Journal 2017! I began the Summer Journal idea a few years ago as a way to keep up my daily photo habit. It didn't really happen last year, but in the other years it was a simple documentation of mostly very simple things I didn't want to take for granted in the colder months of the year. So I'm reviving the tradition starting today because, at 9:24 p.m., it is officially summer.
I'm keeping the words of Julia Cameron and the mighty Regan close at hand as I head back into this world of blogging (not to mention the times throughout the day I call upon my "just do it" mantra).
Here's a warm-up.
Sesame Street scene in which an orange jumps out of a basket of fruit on the counter and sings Carmen.