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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Rocket Girl

I was listening to this song the other day, feeling sorry for myself.
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(I have it playing on my ipod when I run...thinking the title alone should inspire me to run faster....having "rocket" in the title and all.
{I know it doesn't work when I look at my pace, but it was an idea to inspire speed...})

Anyway.
My mood has been melancholy as of late.
I haven't been inspired, or felt a moment of elation in anything that normally thrills me,
and I feel as though I have lost my "upbeat-ness" somewhere out there.

I feel  I'm that Rocket Girl....traveling away into far unknown places.....
or places that aren't usually seen by the average person.
~if only in my mind.~


How about China?

I want to run along the Great Wall.....
take in the gardens and walk the bridges.




Then there are the plains of Africa.

A safari or 2....catching glimpses of never-ending plains where exotic animals roam.
And Mt. Kilimanjaro is on my list to hike.




Even a trip "Down by the Bay" would be lovely.

A row in my Rowboat amongst the reeds and cattails....
catching sight of a fish leaping from the water or strange birds diving for lunch.



My dream....Italy.

Where laundry is hung between homes and the pieces flutter above your head in the sunlight.
Flowers in the open window sills....music and wine and the best of Italian food.



The Swiss Alps. 

I've wanted to go there ever since I was in Grade 6 and had to do a report on those mountains.
To climb, or ski, or just listen to a yodel as the sound bounces between the peaks.


After the song ends and the pictures in my mind slow down a bit...
I stop.
And realize something.

All those places I dream of.....yes....are actually out there somewhere.

But those scenes can be found right here in my backyard.

And I get to see them all for free.
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~all photos above taken from right here...
where I  already am.~

47 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

nicely done, dawn! :)

Farmchick said...

Beautiful pics of your locale.

Mike said...

Nice pics rocket girl Dawn! You sure live in a beautiful place.

Farm Girl said...

I think sometimes that just happens. Then it is like we suddenly wake up to all of the joy around us, and then we wonder how we wandered off the path.
I think it is just life. I am glad you are back from your other lands.
Home is a nice place to visit.

Jeff said...

The only problem with running in China is sucking in all that dirty air... and in Africa, you get one of those cats behind you and you'll run like you've never run before (just doing my part to help you beat melancholy)!

I like that foggy morning photo

sassyshoediary said...

It's so nice to dream... and appreciate what you have, too!

Hi Kooky said...

Well said and so lovely. I hear you - melancholy. I've been trying to shake it off too, lately. Haven't quite figured out how... Beautiful photos as always. :)

Cat said...

ahhh Melancholy...sometimes she comes for a visit...we are never quite sure why, but we are very very aware of her presence
soon she will bore of you Dawn and leave...lets hope sooner than later ; )

love and light

roobo69 said...

Very true. Very true... And your part of the world is one of the most beautiful that I have visited (and I have been to all the others you mentioned above)... At the end of the day - it's who you are with wherever you are that makes it all special...

Allison said...

All very true. The year before I moved to Europe, I met a woman who had lived in Germany for over twenty years. I remember being in awe of her life and asking her if it is wonderful living abroad.

Her answer was so simple. "After awhile, it's just another place, like any other."

Her words have haunted me over the years. And sometimes I've wished I'd listened.

xo

btb1490 said...

That was very nice Dawn. Thank you!

Buttons said...

Oh Dawn this is beautiful I love your words they hit home with many of us myself included. You live in a gorgeous place and we all need to dream of other travels that may or may not be in our future. The trick is exactly what you describe. Dream!!! Great post Dawn. I truly think you are Rocket Girl. Be happy my friend this soon will pass. :)

Buttons said...

I mean the melancholy not the dream or the view :). B

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I think the beginning of the darker days seasons can bring about the melancholy. I feel it too this time of year.

Clint said...

You are experiencing melancholy? Welcome to the human race!

But then, you seem to be dealing with it very nicely!

Julie Arts said...

Most excellent.

The other day my friend was describing some mountain camping she did earlier this year. She said it wasn't like being in Oregon at all. She felt magically transported to another state or country in it's beauty and I realized just how many places in Oregon I have yet to explore before I start setting my dreams on far away places.

Leah J. Utas said...

It's an introspective time of year. Love those pics.

Out on the prairie said...

Very nice to have all so close. Traveling through the Alps my fisrst time i showed all in the train who was a tourist hanging out the window with my ooohs and aaahs.There is a charm in Italy that can only be found there, although I make some of the best Italian foods.One town all the ladies had their numbers from the fish market in hand, but stood on the dock when the buyer unloaded to see what they would like best before returning with him to the store.

Changes in the wind said...

Everyone should have dreams but mixed with reality like you do:)

mountain mama said...

love this girl! it's all in our perspective isn't it. it's not fun to feel gloomy but it's a part of life.

love.

Inger said...

A lovely post and a comment on being human. Not all of us see what is right in front of us and dream of escaping to far away places, thinking they will make us and our lives better.

Raindrops and Daisies said...

Hi Dawn,

I enjoyed your post today and also your photographs, they are wonderful.

I think that there really is no place like home, is there?

I moan and complain about the rain here in Ireland but I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

Take care of yourself and enjoy your lovely surroundings.


x Fiona

Kenley said...

My motivation is very far away, I need to take a trip and go and find it somewhere I don't even know where to begin to look for it. Thanks for the post, it was very uplifting indeed.

Debbie said...

gorgeous pictures!! there's no place like home!!

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Nicely done with the pics from home...where you are! Traveling in my mind is ok with me

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I hear you. I love my life, where I live, how I live. But sometimes... it's not about going somewhere different, I don't think. I don't really know. Probably just hormones. :)

Lovely photos, really. Well-written post, dear.

darlin said...

Dawn you put a smile on my face reading this, you're amazing and wonderful, don't ever change a single thing about yourself! Right under your nose eh? Funny how that happens sometimes! Enjoy your evening.

Deb said...

nice post Dawn....nice photos too...

Elizabeth Grimes said...

You have SOME backyard! This was a beautiful post. I know just what you mean. Go through periods of inspiration and lack of. This was wonderfully inspiring to me.

Horst in Edmonton said...

Great photos Dawn, yes we have that here in Canada if not in Alberta.

Pat Tillett said...

Beautiful photos Rocket Girl!
Really nice!

ladyfi said...

Wonderfully upbeat post. Love all your STUNNING shots - you live in a magical place!

Much to My Delight said...

I love this post. Thank you for sharing.

Diane AZ said...

Beautiful and inspiring, thanks for sharing. :)

Amish Stories said...

Another part of life that we really can not explain sometimes, happy moments are right around the corner. That you can bet on! Richard

What Karen Sees said...

I have been in 'unknown places', at least to me, for 6 months now. I'm writing this from New Caledonia, a place I'm not even sure I heard of 6 months ago. I'm having wonderful experiences, but in the end, my heart and favorite memories belong at home. P.S. Love the misty shot!

John McElveen said...

wow!!! i THOUGHT OF YOU LAST NIGHT dAWN AS THEY HAD THE rEEBOK fITNESS--fITTEST IN THE wORLD cONTEST! iT WAS AWESOME AND IT MADE ME THINK OF YOU AND YOUR DEDICATOION!

hUGS MY FIT FRIEND!

jOHN


See-- you got a CLA out of me! What a compliment--those (Ladies-last night)--were some kind of athletes---talk about CrossFit!!!! OMGosh--I had to take a Nitroglycerin just to watch it!

Pam said...

I live in a place others call paradise but there are times when all I want to do is run away to the top of some mountain.. we are all just simply human.
Lovely words and photos, Dawn

hugs, Pam

Pierre BOYER said...

Lovely pictures...
Greetings from France,

Pierre

Joe said...

I could go for a safari or the Alps.

Slamdunk said...

I like your thinking here Dawn. I often miss the beauty striking me in the face while wishing I was somewhere else.

Tim said...

Great thinking and a great truth; as for those feelings, we all get those days.

heyBJK said...

Beautiful, Dawn! I love the first photo! Very peaceful.

You'll find your "upbeat-ness" again soon enough. I think it's part of your character. :-)

Hilary said...

These are highly inspired, I'd say. Really nicely done, Dawn.

Denise said...

Hello!,Thank you for stopping by my blog.Just read you last post.Wonderful!I too can soar around the world in my own little mind."The world is so full of a number of things I'm sure We should all be happy as kings."I paint and was just thinking last night that I want to paint the alps peeking out of the clouds.By the way, My photo came from my fave store-Ti Pan.-Denise

Alan said...

Just a brilliant post, Dawn. Amazing photos, every one of them, and they do look like they couldn't possibly all come from one place. Ubiquitous awesome-ness...

Country Mouse Studio said...

maybe it's the increasing darkness and upcoming season with all it's extra demands :O(