It is the morning after the opening of my first art show and I am awash with a sense of gratitude and community.
As I strived to express last night in my presentation, had anyone told me way-back-when that I would ever have an art show, it would have been the equivalent of being told that I would undertake interplanetary travel.
An art show?! It was very high threshold for me because, rather than just striving to capture the mystery, beauty and fragility of the Ocean to inspire and educate, the images are being put forward as ART.
Therefore, last night was very much for me another “How did I get here?” experience.
But I do know the answer. It is because, however the magic of life works, I have been allowed to fully, deeply understand the importance of the Ocean as the life-sustaining force on the planet. And, as a teacher, enhancing the potential for our children to have healthy, happy futures will always be what gives my life direction.
How did I get here? It has to do with geography, opportunity, difficult and daring decisions made, skills, experience and . . . you.
Please hear me. It has to do with YOU.
Wherever this is going – wherever it has gone – it is because of a force of people who share the values and objectives of “The Marine Detective” and want it to move forward.
The sense of gratitude I am overcome with this morning, and that is so difficult to express, is that I feel I am being held up by an Ocean of people . . . . those who were at the opening last night; the whispers and shouts of support and encouragement on social media; the sharing to expand the reach of the content there; the applause expressed in so many ways; the enablement of diving, photography and whale research; the sharing of calendars and prints into the world so that they might further connect others; the assistance re. potential books, webisodes, whatever . . . it’s you.
I know that The Marine Detective is a community working for greater understanding and positive action for socio-environmental good.
From the depths, thank you.
Because of you I speak louder; I dare more; I keep at it and, I stay afloat . . . gently propelled to who-knows-where.
Link to photos – here.