Everyday Inspiration Exercise Day #4:
Assignment: A Story in a Single Image
The stresses of life can turn a lot of us into work-aholics. I used to procrastinate on work anytime there was an opportunity to go outside. Now it’s the other way around.
The picture above gets me thinking about the simplicity of life. What’s more simple than going swimming? In order to do it right though, you have to forget the worries and just walk out the door, a conscience, active decision. There’s all sorts of things to be worried about and I find that it’s easy to obsess without even trying. It’s so automatic, like breathing. If I weren’t able to find a way to forget my troubles, then I’d be stuck in an office of some sort (coffee shop or at home on my computer) in my free time, or mentally knawing on some problem that has no immediate solution. I’ve heard, from those much wiser than me, that it’s a scientific fact that worrying is counter-productive. First of all…it’s stressful. Stress doesn’t make us more efficient or effective and it certainly doesn’t make us healthy. Second, if you are a writer, it’s just as important to get out and live as it is to lock yourself in your office for part of the day. If we don’t spend time living and observing, then we can’t write believable characters or relatable stories that people would want to read about or watch.
I’ve been reading lots of scripts, writing up my comments, working on this blog as well as a few other high priority activities since the TV production work started ramping down for the season. Out of the frying pan…into the fire. So I’ll take this opportunity to pay tribute to the good ‘ole swimmin’ hole which (Bonus!) gives me an excuse to get out of the house, visit a few and post the evidence. Fiiiield Triiiip! The cool thing about this idea is that I can take Snoop with me! He’s getting cabin fever because we’ve lived in an apartment since the foreclosure and don’t have a yard to play in anymore. I live in Austin, so, it should be an easy trip to plan. I also have pictures of swimmin’ holes I’ve visited in the past that are a little outside of my day trippin’ range. Here we Go!
First up: Barton Creek @ 360 & Mopac
My Girl Laurie suggested we hit Twin Falls next so, let’s roll.
Barton Springs Pool would have been next but Austin Traffic hit and I opted to avoid downtown. Also, they’re not really dog friendly. So on the next few pictures, I go statewide. This is more of my own photography from Texas travels. Shot in 35mm film.
Well, there you have it….swimmin’ holes.
I hope your day is going well and you all take time to pay tribute to the cool stuff in your neck o’the woods. Don’t work too hard.