Thursday, February 14, 2013

In the Depths of the Darkness

I feel like I could have done more with this drawing but I wasn't sure exactly what, so I decided to stop while it still looks good. As Leonardo da Vinci said, "Art is never finished, only abandoned."

I love exploring caves. It is probably one of the darkest places on earth (with the exception of the ocean floor). It is so dark, if you shut off your flash light, you can't see your hand in front of your face. Yet, in this darkness there is such beauty and life that so few people get to see. I find it serene and inspiring...and yet at the same time really challenging. There are times when I am faced with some dangerous, intimidating obstacle. And I freak out and think this is too hard, too scary, I'm gonna die or get hurt really bad, there is no way I can do this. But I know I have reached a point of no return. I can't turn back. We have burned our bridges behind us, so to speak. My only option is to deal with the situation head on. I calm myself down, I ignore my fears, and I move forward. When I exit the cave, I am so proud of myself. And the next time I go caving, I believe in myself and my teammates more than I did the time before.

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