Well folks, I think its time I come clean and make a confession. Over the last year, y’all have found out many things about me. Overall I like to think I am pretty much an open book, and I am happy to give me opinion to anyone on almost anything. Yep it has gotten me in trouble a time or two, but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t.
Today, though, I decided it was time to confess something to y’all. It’s hard to admit, but yes I have a scrap-book of myself!
You know, now that I say that out loud it sounds even worse! Yes world, it is SO all about me! About me enough that I have a book of Tony!
Don’t get me wrong. I am NOT a scrapbooker. I don’t have a roll away cart of tools, paper, templates designs, pens etc. I’ve seen these folks going into craft stores. They SCARE me! They are more focused than a Tour de France rider, and lord help you if you block their access to the scrap section of the store!
My book is pretty darn simple. It contains every number from every organized run, walk, stair climb and bike ride I’ve ever done! With each one, it has the date, elapsed time, and a blurb about the event. It’s an old school way to go back and compare my repeat events over the years. For some of the events, there are photos as well, like this one from my first Sound to Narrows.
There are other things in there as well. I have copies of the 2 articles I’ve gotten published in a local hiking magazine, as well as the photo that won honorable mention in a contest held by the same publication.
It also has my certificate proving that I did sky dive, and lived to tell the story!
As I was paging through it recently (I was counting the number of Chilly Hilly rides NOT reliving my great athletic successes (yeah right!)) I found two things I had completely forgotten about!
A bit of background. As a hiker I took a TON of pictures! This was back before I had a digital camera, so it meant I had more prints than I knew what to do with! The hiking album I have contains what I consider the “best of” photos from the hikes.
These two photos, from my hike on the Kendall Catwalk portion of the Pacific Crest Trail (Making sure I clarify, I am not a PCT thru hiker, but in WA we can access it for day hikes, which is what I did). I just thought they were both very cool, and I remember taking them as I sat and rested.
That by itself would not make them blog worthy. Shoot, I could fill an entire second blog with nothing but hiking photos I’ve taken.
Nope, there is something about these photos that spurred an activity that had never happened before or since! I sketched both!
Why is this blogworthy? Folks, Clint Eastwood once said, “A man’s got to know his limitations!” Mine is anything to do with art! I was lucky to stay in the lines when I colored, or make my dot to dot look like what it was supposed to be.
Some kids had their drawings on the wall in class, others were NOT. I was a not. I also got more paint on me than on the paper when we used water colors or tempura paints. Yeah, not my strong point. Shoot, mom may correct me, but I don’t even remember my artwork ending up on the fridge!
Something about these two pictures though inspired me. So I sat down and drew them both. Then, even MORE surprising, I actually liked them enough to keep them!
My reason for showing these is NOT to show off, nor am I fishing for compliments. (Hopefully y’all know that AINT me) My reason for showing it is to encourage yall to go ahead and try something new. No way I thought anything I drew would turn out. But one day I just said what the hell and jumped in!
So if there is something you’ve always wanted to try. Writing a story, a blog, submitting a photo or story to a magazine, or hell painting a room, but you’ve been hesitant… go for it! What’s the worst that can happen? These drawings may never see the light of day again. OR, someday, I will find them again and smile. I will know I did this, on my own, and I didn’t care what anyone thought! Bottom line, one day I was creative, and that is something no one can take away from me!
So Go for it! And here they are!