I have always been drawn to poetry. The juxtaposition of eloquent wording with an architectural form is a comfort. This coziness extends from classics like W. H. Auden, Rilke, and Pablo Neruda to modern favorites like Galway Kinnell, Sharon Olds, and Ellen Bass.
The same goes for bold lines and organic forms: a bright rose bush against a rustic brick wall, or a modular cabin amidst a forest of pines. The scene feels both modern and primal, both relevant and mysterious.
I think I’m attracted to the meshing of structure and fluidity because it forces a new perspective. No one asks questions when a deer stands at attention in a lush forest, yet a massive rubber duck floating down the river inevitably raises eyebrows.
Encountering the unexpected gives us the opportunity to examine our beliefs and paradigms. What do I believe? Where did these beliefs come from? Are they still applicable?
The unexpected invites us to revisit and revise our approach—to work, love, spirit, and craft. When a best friend makes a major career change or breaks up with their long-term partner, the event often cracks open our own heart. Am I satisfied? Is there more that I’m missing out on?
Every moment is an opportunity to expand our vision of reality and potentiality. Whether through the observation of nature, a well-written screenplay, a moving song, or a challenging assignment, we are continually presented with opportunities to question our perception of reality, our choices thus far, and our expectations going forward.
Who am I, and who might I become? The question is daunting, yet so important to address. Most belief systems share the core ideas of kindness and personal progress, so we must all take the time and make the effort to draft out our visions, dreams, and offerings.
Personally, the distinct contrast and seamless blending of structural composition with natural beauty offers a portal into these questions—a dark path lined with handrails, a book of poetry with thirteen pre-determined poems, a sense of adventure buffered by a safety net.
The objects, elements, and events in life that draw individuals in certainly vary from person to person. With unique personalities, pasts, and dreams, how could we possibly be the same?
Regardless of where your inspiration comes from, I think it’s important to notice the patterns. What makes me come to life? What gives me a sense of connection? Follow the trends. The things that we are drawn to are not random; they are intrinsically linked to our purpose, that think which can bring us the most meaning in life.