I wrote a post very early this year about a photo I took while on holiday with Hubbie at Phillip Island, many many many years ago.
Not only did this photo stay with me due to it being taken at a highly creative and deeply personal awakening time for me, but its strong and subtle message of taking it easy while being on an island, sang an especially sweet song. It spoke of not just relaxing into the moment, but allowing all worries and stresses to melt away as you succumbed to the slow-down pace of a more mindful part of the world.
Well today after about 5 years, we were back at Phillip Island.
Then it had been a still and sunny, though cloudy January day.
Today it had been a grey, incessantly rainy, and hair-flailing windy August day.
Then there had been an abundance of tourists everywhere lapping up the scenery.
Today there had been few overseas people about, the streets mostly empty and quiet.
Then the shops and cafes had been bursting with livelihood and excitement amongst the best time of the year.
Today there were more shops blackened and closed, than were open.
Then I had taken my sweet time to take the best shot possible of my favourite pic, angling the camera just the right way to get the best light, while using the poster’s message to take it slow and take it in, in my task.
Today I had forgotten about the poster on the passing building until we were nearly past it, and I made Hubbie slow down in the middle of the round-a-bout while I made a mad scramble for my phone and took a hasty shot of it again.
I didn’t even get ALL the words in.
And yet I didn’t care. The people, conditions and comparison didn’t matter to me: all that was important was that the poster, the message was still there. And as long as that poster was in that same spot, that meant it was always going to be island time.
And it forever will be, rain, hail or shine.
(The background tree photo on my SmikG blog is of the Phillip Island iconic trees on the main strip, an ode to the time when an especially important story and group of characters came to life in my head…