I know what the uphill climb is like…
simply putting one foot in front of the other, creeping one step closer to my goal…head down, staying as focused as I can. Not wanting to get discouraged and see how much further I have to go. Not wanting to ask, “Am I there yet?”
I’ve arrived at the top…
the satisfaction, the exhausted mind and body. Time to catch my breath and say, “I made it!” So now what?
What goes up must come down…
the force of mental gravity pulls me back down and while I descend I find myself already thinking about the next climb; what’s next? when can i do this again? wait…there’s something wrong here…
The art of running downhill…
Time to stop thinking about what’s next; instead I must run…RUN downhill as fast as I can with reckless abandon and stay in the moment. I tell myself to just enjoy the ride because this is so much easier than going uphill. I will never have this moment again…and the best part is, I’ve realized that life doesn’t always have to be an uphill climb.
- all text and artwork ©2006 kelly angard
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Every once in awhile, I see something which makes every single part of me exclaim, “yes, yes, yes…I so get this! This is exactly what I have been trying to convey through my photography, my artwork, my writing!” This exclamation of “yes!” not only brings about an abstract, interpersonal connection with humanity at large and a spiritual alignment with individuals whom I have never met, it truly reinforces my belief that we are not as alone as we think we are…we are all truly one. And that no matter the question…
…Love IS the answer!
And love inspires. One such inspiration is author, speaker and founder of The Foundation Educating for Peace, Isha. Isha is a unique, grounded, modern-day visionary and author. Her book and newly-released movie, “Why Walk When You Can Fly?” reveals her personal journey of transformation and awakening. Her passion for horses and hawks conceptually expresses the nature, spirit and possibility which lies within each of us…one which resonnates so deep within me.
i am a simple woman with a complex soul;
i am so many things, yet nothing at all
© 2005 kelly angard
The way I see it…
…my camera is an extension of my heart and soul, it is my mind’s eye…a way of visually communicating all that I see and feel and think;
…color feeds my spirit, but black and white sears into my soul;
…my children have made me a better person;
…it seems impossible to take a leap of faith when it’s all I can do to stand on my own two feet;
…I usually feel like a piece of puzzle in the wrong box…except when I’m taking photographs, creating art or writing;
…there is so much beauty in the unknown; the element of possibility is a force larger than ourselves which propels us forward, keeping us in motion, moving us deeper into our lives;
…it’s not easy to follow our own path, beat to our own drum or be who we are truly meant to be;
…I’d rather be told an ugly truth than a beautiful lie;
…my ever curious mind rages with a sea of questions, always calling out to me, beckoning me to dive into something new and challenging