I went for a little walk through Central Park this week with the intention of finding inspiration and filming another artist date video. It was an extremely lovely day this past Tuesday, so after stopping off at Muji for a little treat, my brother walked with me through Central Park. I can’t remember if I ever walked the length of the park before, but that day I did.
It was a nice walk considering the amount of people in the park. I honestly can’t remember there being so many people in this city of mine. And to be frank, I don’t believe there ever was this many people in this city all at one time. It’s like in the last few years, the number of city residents has spiked so substantially that as a native New Yorker, you can actually notice a difference. And as an extreme introvert, it sucks. Gone are the days where you could walk into Central Park and find an empty, quiet spot all to yourself. It’s virtually impossible now. The park is no longer a refuge from the big, nosy city.
But I did find some blossoms! Big, beautiful blossom trees I don’t ever remember seeing before. Then again, I can’t recall the last time I walked into the park in spring.
I even tucked a few blossoms away into my journals I was carrying with me. Picked them all up right off from the ground because I feel so terrible plucking them from the trees. (Though I’m sure someone else did then tossed them…but you know.)
I did manage to do a bit of filming in the park and a bit of journaling. But I ended up finishing the pages I began in the park at home. I honestly rather enjoyed sitting in the park and journaling, so I may do it again and possibly film it properly. There’s something about being amongst nature that’s calming and refreshing…even in a loud noisy city. Though I quite envy those who can take a walk through a park or forest and here nothing but nature noise. (I got a lot of city ambient noise in my videos. It completely drowned out the nature sounds. A rather unfortunate side-effect of big city life.)
I ended up working in both my Silva Rerum and my Unraveling journal. I’m sharing photos of only my Unraveling journal here though because it’s more of a completed spread. Just pressed some flowers into my Silva Rerum to document the day. But you can see both processes in the video below.
I turned another year older last week and of course that had me thinking about time. It’s very interesting how much you’re aware of time passing as you get older. I’m very fortunate that I don’t look anything remotely my age (nor do I feel it), so it seems quite laughable me becoming another year older. No one would believe me anyway.
I thought a bit about time and getting older and how all of it is really just relative. You are as old as you feel. And I suppose that’s the case until your reflection betrays you. But even so, this idea of becoming older is just a societal construct designed to label and compartmentalize. Just because you’re older doesn’t mean you’re not young anymore. Remember that.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this little Artist Date/Journal with Me video.