I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.
Many years ago, I worked on a theatre production which involved 1 blind woman and about 30 sighted people. At one point, the blind woman had to turn and run offstage, through the throng of people. It kept going horribly wrong and we couldn't work out why. Sure, the blind woman couldn't see where she were going, but why weren't the sighted people getting out of the way?
It was ages before we realised that usually, a sighted person will turn their head to look where they are going before stepping.
Pulp existed for 12 years before we got famous. Now, you could say that was just lack of imagination, but it's some kind of quality isn't it? Tenacity.
I read an interesting fact recently on theParentingwebsite: “It takes most babies about 1,000 hours of practice from the time they pull themselves upright to the time they can walk alone.”
1,000 hours. During which they wobble, lean on the edge of the coffee table, topple onto their tummies, try again, hang on to Mum’s finger, flop down onto their bottom, cry, try again, pull themselves up using a chair leg, slip over, try again.
I was very interested to read anews story on the BBC some time ago about how we are becoming ignorant about sleep and its' importance to our well being.
This is something I recognise both from my own experience and from my clients.
I used to be a 9 to 5 wage slave, getting up early every morning to make the morning commute from one side of London to the other. There would then be the long working day, followed by a commute home and some socialising or work engagement. I would get home late and have to be up at the same time next morning regardless of how much sleep I had had so that I could start the process again.
Adele Watts is a London based photographer. Graduating in 2004 from Southampton Solent University with a First Class honours degree in Photography, Adele has continued to enjoy extensive experience and success as a practitioner, developing personal projects alongside facilitating participatory photographic projects, both nationally and internationally. She is the founder ofDisposable, a photography collective and participatory project that aims to support people affected by homelessness through creative engagement with photography and art practice.
I want to live my life so that my nights are not full of regrets.
D. H. Lawrence
I recently came across anarticlefrom 2012. Compiled by a nurse who counselled them in their final days, it is the top five regrets of the dying.
It was a moving list:
1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard.
3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.