My first Adobe Photo Shop creation! Storytelling through collage. I’m both excited and feel the sharp nips of doubt entering this realm of creative expression. If I thought working my way through the first set of tutorials was challenging, this assignment taxed my persistence and patience.
Thankfully, I have a lovely community who offered encouragement and vitally important links to very basic Adobe PS tutorials. As well as an occasional glass of wine and the all important suggestion to get a good night’s sleep and start again in the morning. I’m not sure what was most helpful: the wine, the sleep, or the tutorials. Probably a combination. In the end, I developed a bit more familiarity with the “free transform” button, playing with shapes and palettes, creating layers, and adding text to personal photographs to start telling an incredibly important story.
And what is the story, you ask? Excellent question!
Parenting is a rewarding, challenging, heartfelt expression of humanity. And it happens in an odd, confusing environment of autonomy and community oversight. This is part one in exploring the internal journey of parenting. The second part will take a look at the external complexity surrounding parenting. The final segment will delve into the resolution of the inner and outer forces shaping parenting.
In some ways, this first draft poses more questions than answers. What do people hope for, what do they see in the distance as they start on the journey of parenting? What are the barriers to the vision? What are the guideposts along the way? Where do they find their strength and courage?
We live in a society that values self-sufficiency and autonomy. On the other hand, we live in a society that rarely passes up a chance to share an opinion or make a buck. We are drowning in theories, tools, and opinions on how to best raise a child. How do parents navigate the changing tides? How do they trust their inner being when the outer world says not to?
Let the journey begin.