"Seeing" things a little differently
It’s been four years since my last visit to the western North Carolina mountains. I love it up there. it has proven to be a place where I can replenish my soul with new energy, fresh ideas and wipe the cobwebs out of the corners of my mind.
(When I returned from my visit four years ago, I was so inspired by the beauty of the fall leaves that I decided to paint this. This is one of my very first paintings and it means a lot to me.)
16 x 20 acrylic on canvas
My life has been so unusual and I’ve always felt that there was something I needed to do or say because of my bizarre circumstances. Growing up with a rare birth defect on my eye and living with the physical abnormality of it was very difficult. I always wondered why? Surely something good had to come out of it.
It was the inspiration of the mountains, fall leaves and snowfall of that vacation four years ago when I decided to write my memoirs. At that time I had no idea what the next few years would bring to me. I had no concept that I would be getting a new lease on life by having multiple surgeries to make my eye look normal. As soon as I arrived back home, I began writing. I wrote about my childhood, school years, raising a family and failed marriage of twenty-one years. The good, the bad and the ugly.
My book is finished (almost.) Just a few more corrections and I will be ready to publish with a wonderful ending.
(Another painting of a picture I took four years ago in the Blue-ridge mountains.)
A week from today…I will be back in the mountains where the book began and the inspiration I found to make changes in my life. I started painting, I built a website ( http://www.sherrylcook.com ) and a blog. a rejuvenation of my spirit and ultimately the surgeries needed for the physical changes.
I will be traveling with my boyfriend this time and hopefully Jack will experience the inspiration I felt. I am looking forward to a beautiful week filled with beauty, meditation and fun.
Have you ever experienced a vacation or getaway where you were truly changed in some way?
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