As the Divine would have it, I was riding along in Maryland when I came across railroad tracks. Hidden railroad tracks. Railroad tracks built on old rails. Tracks that no longer have a starting point or an end point. What you can't see is they are about 25 feet in the air. There's a parkway on the other side of them. They rest in the backyard of million dollar properties, fenced off and likely forgotten. I've purposely left it crooked and unadjusted. I have this thing about editing photos. I actually don't like it. I mean sure I'd love to Photoshop out my fat rolls from time to time and well, there's color correction. But what you're seeing is what happens when a girl sees hidden railroad tracks, parks and then has to discover which path is the safest one in order to photograph said tracks. In other words, y'all are gonna enjoy this good crooked photo.
I enjoyed getting back there. They're actually fenced off and while I could've likely entered the cordoned off area, I realized I was competing with wood that was more than 100 years old and well, it's not the best use of my time and efforts making an attempt to stand on them.
Every time I photograph railroad tracks and paths, I can't stop thinking about destination, destiny, direction, path and the use of my time. Time time time. How we spend it. The choices we make. Who we spend our time with. The pursuits and endeavors. The legacy we want to leave. The sunsets. The rides down the road. The love we offer. The trips we take. The comfort and help we extend. The moments we miss when we're focused on the wrong things. The opportunities gained and lost. The relationships held together and lost. So much - and it often comes down to time and what + how much we choose to allocate and put in order.
There are many important things and decision on the rise and a shit ton of work ahead. I'm up for it. However, there's always a manner of deciding the order of business. Who's most important? What's most important? What's urgent? It seems to ebb and flow. There's not always a right answer - there's often a right answer at that time and one that may better suit us in the future. I'm not just deciding any longer for the current moment. There are decisions to be made for my future self.
You see.... in about five hours the year will turn to May. It's my month. I've historically celebrated all month every year as an adult. I figure why wait? This year happens to be a bit different only because it's a "zero" year and that means change. I don't remember the 20th and Lord knows at the 30th I can't exactly remember but this 40th? It'll be documented.
I've been feeling quiet lately and the need to move quietly as I make decisions. As I've said before, it's the private moments no one else can see that forges your character and Spirit. As I roll into the month, I'll be posting here and there all leading up to a post on my birthday at the end of the month. In the meantime, there's work to be done. Lists are being refined and moves are being measured twice and cut once. If you've been reading here, stay with me. I recently updated a few things and you can head over to the front page of the blog and click on mailing list and you'll see updates from the blog and possibly even the occasional newsletter - in your inbox! Magic and shit. I look forward to sharing this next leg of the journey with you.