Sunday, 1 May 2016

CAVING



I once went caving.

It was during my first year of college when a coincidental conversation between a friends lead an invitation to give this heard of but never ventured hobby.  I was intrigued and given my nature for trying anything once, I readily agreed.

I can’t even remember where it was, all I do remember is that the journey started at some time near dawn on a Sunday morning and ended up a forest somewhere in the Highlands and Islands.

Then we were handed a hard hat with a lamp, a mars bar for energy and instructed to follow the rest of the more experienced cavers.

Moving in and out of the right caverns in the pitch dark, I panicked, only calming down when someone grabbed my hand.  Taking an intake of breath I saw a glimmer of sunlight coming from the exit and knew the way out was close at hand and I would be able to leave the rock formation trapping me in it. 


Moving in and out of tight caverns in the pitch dark, I panicked, only calming down when someone grabbed my hand.  Taking an intake of breath when I saw a glimmer of sunlight coming from the exit and knew the way out was close at hand and I would be able to leave the rock formation trapping me in it.

And when I stepped back out into the forest and gulped in the cool, crisp air two things became crystal clear, caving is not for me and I need to feel free to express myself.

Now, a few years later, I can’t help but think that creativity itself can manifest its own cave, one filled with ideas, notions and beliefs that cocoon you in the darkness.

But it is only by standing in the light and gulping that fresh air that the creative adventure truly begins.  When you can see the colors around you, when you can feel the texture of nature and when you can hear the words steamrolling in your head with the next story.

So, if I can leave you with one parting wish, I would like it to be this; leave the cave behind, breathe in the cool, crisp air and release it, you’re free again.  Go and have a new adventure.

I am.

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