A few years ago my PTSD raised its ugly head, a hidden scar from years of working as a paramedic that plunged me into darkness. The long process of healing, of becoming whole again, taught me a lot about mindfulness and purpose. It led me to re-define my entire life, for the better. In a strange way PTSD ended up being one of the best things that ever happened to me because I, like many others before me, built a new life out of adversity.
This trip to Paris, which came on the heels of teaching a sold out workshop in Amsterdam, was a celebration of this new life in a way. There is a saying you hear every now and then that goes something like “build a life that you don’t need to take a vacation from”. That, right there, is exactly what I have done over the past few years. On this trip I walked the streets of Paris for 96 hours, a camera in my hands, creating art. Art that I will write about. Art that will be sold as prints. Art that I will share on stage during my presentations. Art that I will use to support my workshops and the books I have in development. Not art made on a vacation, but art made as part of the creative life that I built and choose to live.
And, to get to do it in Paris, a city that I love dearly, is a beautiful thing. After all, Audrey Hepburn said it best:
“Paris is always a good idea!”
I hope you like the final set of images from this series. I have really enjoyed processing them, and I am very thankful for all of the kind words and comments that they have received. Sharing art is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?