3 Things I took away from my experience in Zion National Park with Legendeer
1. A greater understanding of what makes me come alive
I don’t know about you, but often times I will make bold assumptions that just simply aren’t true.
- I assume the majority of people enjoy being outside more than inside...
- I assume most people intuitively know what colors go well together when it comes to decorating or piecing together an outfit...
- I assume people are disgusted by fake flowers and would go out of their way for to surround themselves with real ones…
you get the idea.
I think any time we find ourselves in the context of any community, we learn (or at least are given the opportunity to learn) something about ourselves.
When we rub up against a community of people we may also learn more about ‘what we are’ and maybe even ‘what we are not’.
Example: I found it fascinating being around so many visual illustrators that would whip out their sketch books at any given chance while in the expansive canyons, while I, on the other hand rarely (or hardly ever) had that desire…
as a digital capturer & storyteller, who has always been interested in documenting visions that inspire - I would, however, whip out my iPhone to take a still shot or video clip for the vision I was piecing together in my brain for later.
2. An intimate understanding of how various artists live their lives
Naturally, I met some souls who are living boldly and in big ways and some who are living quietly and in an intimate relationship with their art like it’s a romantic secret they have.
These folks hailed from all over the world and included videographers, tattoo artists, outdoor photographers, painters, recent college grads, rookie and seasoned artists, comic illustrators, and the list goes on.
An aspect of the overall experience I found to be rich was part of the program each evening when one of our various instructors would share in presentation style about their personal art journey typically with video or personal content, good ole storytelling followed up with Q and A is what fills my cup. I like to see people who have ‘been there, done that’ to know what is even possible
3. A reality check for the cost of experiences - time, money, sacrifices, comforts.
But experiences change us.
Those uncomfortable spaces of growth = where the magic happens. This is the space that sets apart the dreamers and the doers.
This experience wasn’t cheap for me. It was a personal investment my husband and I chose to make and I’m grateful for his encouragement to go. We don’t have kids yet, but I was aware of the parents there who were away from their families. I was aware of the ways people were choosing to step out of their comfort zones and was incredibly inspired by these acts.
Whatever it is that would grow you, I hope you find it and say yes to it.
Basically I’ll always vote experiences > things