Escaping "The Pipeline" was just the beginning.
If you don't remember The Pipeline from the July 2014 QE Journal post "Frontiers" let me jog your memory. It's 'that long dark tube called birth, education, career, marriage, mortgage, children, empty nest, living your golden years babysitting grand-kids, assisted living, death.' Boom! - it’s over. You made no Earth-shaking decisions in your life; you just went with the gnarly flow - a tourist in life. On the bright side you're not alone - untold millions did the same. Some birds flock - some don't.
I was lucky. I escaped the black hole of oblivion. Not only did I escape the dark sewer but, on my journey, I have now met dozens of others that in their own ways also broke free and re-claimed their lives and happiness. They validate my suspicion that it's possible to 'return'.
You must understand one other thing - the eyes of your truth are always watching you.
As for me the ravages of loves gone bad are now nearly forgotten. I now understand why. The horrors of corporate strife just a whisper in disturbing dreams. I now understand the reasons. The disillusion of wanting many things because things are so easily acquired is a memory. I'm no longer a collector. These were the cuttings - the prunings if you will. All cuttings are painful. Now regrowth begins.
With understanding I believe it is possible to achieve a lasting inner peace and, with a few steps more, a renewed innocence. I believe it can be done but it takes work - and time. It also takes the will, perseverance and gumption to return to your purest self. Perhaps it takes many "lives" until we succeed - and clear the debts of many years. But it's possible.
Of course fly fishing is a constant source of renewal for me. It always has been and forever will be. It is the golden core of everything I do. I know I'm lucky here - and I'm grateful. My art has been a source of endless surprise since an early age. But the photos, writing, and now film-making are new revelations to me. All firmly founded in the sport that never grows old.
Don't miss your chance to understand, to break the bonds of The Pipeline, to find your solid core - your happiness, to re-grow, and return to innocence. It's not terribly difficult when you understand one other thing - the eyes of your truth are always watching you. - WES:::
Innocence is instilled in us when we're born. If we're very lucky we have someone to guide and inspire us - someone that will help us make important life decisions. Hannah is one such girl and she is guided by her Grandfather to make a painful decision beyond her years. Check out The Cecropia at Amazon.com by clicking on the cover image left.
"I doubt not then but innocence shall make
False accusation blush, and tyranny
Tremble at patience."
William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, Act III, scene 2.