My dear childhood friend, Nancy, is a fabulous photographer. Some of her photographs are unusual and artistic. Others are ethereal and magical. All are brilliant. Whenever I look at her work, I am awed by her creativity and imagination.
Recently, she shared some photos on Facebook of an overgrown area under a network of high power lines. She described in the post the feeling of live energy in the area and the buzz of electromagnetism she could feel in her head. The photos were beautiful, but I felt I needed to warn her about the risks of exposure to such energy fields. So I posted a friendly facebook “like” to her picture and pointed out that high voltage power lines can emit an electromagnetic field so powerful that an unplugged flourescent light tube will actually glow. That’s right, the electricity in the air can actually light an unplugged light bulb! That can’t be good, right?
To me, the image of the glowing light tube was meant as a warning of danger. This was something unnatural, worrisome, an abomination of science…kinda like Godzilla or Mothra rising up from the Pacific ocean. To my friend however, the image was a challenge. Her creative, innovative mind immediately yelled “Ignore the warnings! And pack up the camera! Grab a flourescent light tube! We are going back to the power lines!”
So I started wondering if Nancy’s creative and artistic abilitites and her gutsy approach to life could be related.
Nancy was always braver than me. As kids, she had no problem diving from a high board, doing a perfect pike. I was lucky if I could pull off a cannon ball without moderate anxiety. And the diving board wasn’t even that high! Once, when we were teenagers, a boy she liked told her he was going to jump the train and asked her to go with him. Slow moving cargo trains regularly traveled behind our development and kids would brag that they could jump aboard and travel a ways before jumping back off. To this day, I don’t remember if she actually did it. But she was seriously considering it, that’s for sure. And just thinking about it now is giving me hives.
So you may have guessed that I am not a big risk taker. I like when life is predictable and calm, without too much excitement. I don’t like roller coasters or scary movies and I worry alot about things like hurricanes and tornadoes. So again, I am not a risk taker.
I have always been like this. As a kid, my mother never asked the redundant question, “If everyone jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?” because she knew darn well that I would never be on any bridge that didn’t have a proper height guard rail for safety, no matter where my friends were.
But thinking again about Nancy’s adventurous spirit and the gorgeous photography it inspires, I have to ask myself if by clinging to things that are safe and scheduled, am I possibly stifling my own creative spirit? Would a bit more adventure in my life help with my own artistic process? Would my RoofTop Creations craft business benefit if I got out there and took some risks, experienced a little adrenaline? Hmmmmm……
This is definitely one to think on. So maybe tonight, just maybe….I think I will start watching a scary movie! I will let you know later if I actually finish it!