This was January, 2018

This was January.

This was searching for sunlight. This was discovering plenty of silver linings at the crack of dawn.

This was tracing & retracing familiar routes. This was regrouping & rediscovering.

January; it was breathing life into fresh resolutions; picking a way through old & new habits. It was weighing the good & the bad. It was being hopeful & determined, but also being kind & gentle, patient & realistic.
This was not reading that one book a month, but it was properly breaking in that new journal. This was not sending everyone a card, but it was sending some postcards with care.

This was January.
Stormy, yet mild January, with golden sunrises, with flocks of birds being propelled through grey, cloudy skies. This was January with the heartbreak of others that quietly turned into heartache of my own. January, with stories from the outside seeping through to the inside. January, with brilliant new tunes, with the distraction of pure poetry that insisted on settling between the collections of beauty that had already gathered in my wandering mind.

This was January.
This was the absence of light. And the abundance of glorious beginnings. This was hardly picking up my camera, this was constantly seeking out the right moment & not always finding it.

This was a gentle start.
A new year.
This was January.

(to be in love with a song 🙂
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vla7SgocBwQ

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Photo by the wonderful, beautiful, sweet & incredible Saraï Jansen

Message to humanity – Wubbo Ockels

‘We, humanity, are so strong, that we can save the earth.
But we also can destroy it.’

-Wubbo Ockels-

I shared this video on Facebook about 3 years ago. Today it popped up as a reminder on my personal Facebook account & I knew I had to share it here with you all. At the time, this man & his urgent message touched me deeply & made me cry. Three years later, it still does.

This is a beautiful, enormously touching speech by Dutch astronaut Professor Wubbo Ockels, addressed to us all. In short, it is a powerful reminder of what we have, what we are about to lose, but also the good we can do as people. It is a warning, a heartfelt plea to do right by this planet, to fight for what we have been given & to never give up on what we’ve got.
Here is a dying man’s final wish; his final gift to those of us who have the luxury of time on our hands. And I’m so glad I fell into these words again today, at the start of this beautifully, untouched New Year. Because every single word he is saying fills me with strong resolve to always keep looking out for this unique, single planet that we find ourselves upon; to do right by her, to learn more & strive for better.

Those of you who know me, know I am not one to get onto the barricades to address large audiences or put my personal opinion on display. In the ‘real’ world & on this blog, I like to share my view on the world, but always try to stay clear off forcing that same view on anybody else. And that is how I would still like things to be. But every now and then, I suppose, it also feels like taking the easy way out when keeping my humble beliefs, on the larger issues this world is facing, safely tucked inside. By not sharing my true opinion on certain matters, it might feel like I never really take sides. Never really dare to say; ‘this is what I think is right, this is what I feel is wrong & this is what I think we could do about it.’ And I guess, as long as all of us with the same ideas, yet humble disposition, decide never to speak up, change is not very likely to ever come about.

And so here I am; sharing the words and thoughts of someone whose final views on the world, humanity & Climate change deeply touch me & whose wise words I want to stand behind & share with you. By sharing this video here, Ockels’ message may touch someone else out there too, the way it touched and touches me; maybe it will alter something, bring about the smallest of change. And those little changes are all we need. Because we are in this together, we really are. And that’s a good thing, as far as I am concerned.

In 2018, I am going to take even better care of this beautiful place we call Earth. And I am kind of hoping you are with me on this….

The Cutting Room Floor, 2017

Browsing thought this years pictures, I cannot help but feel slightly overwhelmed & immensely thankful for the lovely year I’ve been given. A year filled with moments of light, love & my favorite silent moments of quiet reflection. The world, with all its gracious beauty & all its brutal violence can be a complicated place to be part of. Yet most days, not all days, I feel I have somehow been able to find that all important fragile balance between being part of everything without getting lost in it all. Living with eyes & mind wide open, but also giving myself time and space to recharge and readjust when necessary.
And more than anything, I have reminded myself over & over to keep an eye on life’s beautiful details; all the hidden beauty in everyday life, all the tiny presents nature presents to us as long as we chose to see them & all the unexpected treasures that can be found between one moment and the next.

On this blog, I have attempted to share exactly those valuable moments, those details, with you, to make sure none of the beauty would have to be lost on you…

Dear All, thank you for following along in 2017 & of course, I hope we’ll meet again here in the year to come. Because I intend to find new & old ways to share my little, large, perfectly imperfect life with you in 2018 and it would be great if you’d be there to witness it!

Love and take care, Naomi

The Cutting Room Floor (2017) – B&W

 After a month of grey winter weather, it’s no wonder that I feel in the mood to share a couple of this year’s loveliest black & white photos with you; photos that never made it to the blog before, but which deserved an audience all the same. And don’t worry; tomorrow the colorful version of my annual cutting room floor images will be online, to truly brighten your day!