I am going to spend the Solstice this year traveling over the sea to France with my darling man, Ben. We will be waking the next morning on my birthday to celebrate the day of my 51st. Just a day and a half, a very small adventure to taste the sea air and to feel those currents and waves lapping around us. Journeying on the sea feels like a wonderful symbol of how we are bridging our work across the lands and meeting with so many other new nationalities. I never really traveled through my life, apart from within England and Ireland and was never called to be a ‘tourist’
Yet I journeyed into many mysteries and traveled a very untrodden road of my own through life, into many dark places where I witnessed visions I would never have found on any map! Had I wandered around the world; my life would have been very different of course, yet I feel as if I have I have been on a huge adventure into so many areas and landscapes that my body and mind has taken me on, I feel incredibly ‘well traveled’ and sometimes a little worn out from it all!
My desire to meet people now from other lands is very strong in me. It is not so much about the places we go to but the people that we meet and the souls who reside there. We are sharing quite a lot of our work abroad in 2012, as well as in Uk but I feel the time is very right to start creating those bridges. Of course Ben has been traveling for years documenting and filming all kinds of lives, tribes and ways of living. It’s quite new for me but knowing so many people now around the world now, it makes that part of my journey much more enjoyable and also feels very supported. A phone call from some one asking me to bring my work to Europe feels great! AND its an excuse to get me stepping forward and being part of that bigger world.
My life, as my children grow up means I am stepping into a different kind of freedom. I’ve been a Mum since I was 16, so always had a lot of responsibility at a very early age. Now as my youngest daughter reaches 18 I am curious to feel what it might be like to not have it any more after 34 years. Of course there is always a responsibility of some sort what with colleges and career’s to advise on and the support that is needed there; but I am not ‘needed’ as I was and I can feel that level of freedom seeping into my life.
Who knows how that will be in the coming years, but for now I am feeling ‘cosied up’ here at home writing the Ms’G script and planning the Christmas treats for the girls and family. The script is exciting me! It’s a whole new adventure. I’ve never written anything for theatre or film and all my experience in that world has been improvisation, which has always been my preference. So deciding on scenes and text up front is a very different approach.
Still the first draft of the script is coming together very well, I shall ponder with it as we cross the sea’s tomorrow and see what inspires. It’s the solstice on Thursday morning, my birthday. A very good time to be dreaming in the new!