When I first started this blog I had not long been back in Christchurch. It was pretty tough to find places to shoot – unlike many other bloggers around the world, my cityscape was not bustling behind me. The earthquake had sent the city into a quiet space of contemplation.
But we found even cooler places. Plenty of street art, graffiti and broken-down buildings. The other day I turned the corner of Welles Street, off Colombo – a usual spot we call into to take a couple of shots. Since my last shoot, this street had changed. Where the abandoned Asian warehouse once stood was now a coffee shop and further down the street, past the panel and paint shop, was a restaurant. I was blown away. It reminded me of New York – eateries showing up in unexpected places.
I guess it is a bit of a metaphor for my life over the last few months. When I came back, I was in a rut. I knew I had to move forward, but in what direction? I had no idea. So, I decided to just stay stationary for a minute. To move only when I knew where I wanted to be and what I wanted to do and what was right for me. I just needed to sit quietly and contemplate my future.
Now, I’m excited to get going again. Starting with a move back to Auckland.
I think sometimes we take a swim in adulthood and then decide that adulthood is totally overrated. Long working hours, less time for friends, family and hobbies. Then there’s the responsibilities – and disappointments with nobody else to blame. Flag it, I’m going to hide in the corner.
But after a bit of sun on the beach and a large cocktail, we realise there are a whole lot of great things about being an adult also. That with the right attitude it doesn’t have to be so hard. And then we are ready to dive back in head first.
Leather Jacket – Stolen Girlfriends Club Top – Johnny Was Jeans – Glassons Shoes – Converse Sunglasses – Ray-Ban
Much love XX
Coffee Supreme Welles Street – before