I've only belonged to Flickr for a little over a year but I'm amazed at how quickly the pictures have accumulated. I don't think I truly grasped how wonderful it was to share pictures until I started posting pictures from my 2005 trip to Ireland and Scotland.
It was that group of photos where I started using Flickr as a proper photo album, and began to write comments, tags and titles. Flickr is one of the main tools that allows my friends and family back home to see what I see here in my new adopted home. I try to post a self portrait at least once a month so my Mom can see that I'm alive and well.
But more than just showing off vacation pictures and documenting life events it has also given me a creative outlet to express myself. I guess this blog is also serving that purpose.
Blandness just seems to sneak up on you and before you know it, you're 40 and a dull person. What happened to that kid that loved to sketch and was going to grow up to be a singer? Life just gets in the way some times and you forget to live out your dreams and visions. Instead you get trapped just living to meet your practical needs.
I'm having a tough time properly expressing myself here and I do apologize that this post has turned into a bit of a philosophical ramble... but I think in the last few years I started to recognize that I needed to feed my creative/artistic side and I wasn't finding the time or opportunity as I was just too busy.
Packing up and moving to a different country was probably a bit on the drastic side but I knew I had to shake things up a bit. It's given me a fresh start and the chance to redistribute my priorities.
Maybe I'll take an art class.