While there were countless lessons that focused on what the modern world would consider to be mystical abilities, the greatest lesson was one of perspective. I spent countless hours, simply sitting and listening to the world around me. Sometimes I would lay flat on the ground, my face peering through blades of grass at the world beneath my feet; other times I would perch in the tallest tree I could find, listening to the wind as it whispered through the branches and watching the forest come to life below me.
|"Morning Dew" - photographed March 15, 2007|
The thing is, we look at things the same way, day in and day out. Our eyes are set for "human altitude" and it's from that perspective that we see the world around us. It's rare that we take the time to see through another person's eyes, let alone a perspective that has roots, four legs, or a pair of wings.
|"Clouds from a Plane" - photographed September 15, 2006|
When I write a novel, I do my best to bring "altitude" to the tale I weave. In Escaping Destiny there's mortal and fae, hero and villain, and countless shades in between. How would a half-mer see the world? Would it be through the eyes of his mortal father or from the perspective of his mother's people? If you're torn between duty and the person you love, would you find peace in your choices or would they tear you apart inside?
One of the things that I learned while studying with Nukah is that everything happens for a reason. It may not according to the script we want the world to follow, but each thread is part of a greater weave. It's why I called my first series of book Tapestry - in honor of the way each person's story and perspective creates the greater story.
I'm participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Tomorrow: the letter B.