January 24, 2015: An Update About Me
It’s been almost 3 years since I started Metering the Moment and it’s safe to say I’m not the same person I was when I first introduced you to me. In the years since the birth of this blog, my stepfather, Dan, was diagnosed with cancer. He fought a valiant battle which ended last spring. Loosing someone I love had a profound impact on me. This patient, quiet and easygoing Rachel turned into an angry, resentful and confrontational time bomb. So I avoided the people and things I love, including my camera and pen. Instead of feeling, I ran a marathon. I played an assassin in a theatre production so I could vent my angst. While these were great outlets for my negative energy, I still avoided the page. And without realizing it, I lost myself.
The creation of images, be it poetry or photography, allows me to connect with myself, the universe and if I’m lucky, with you. It brings me peace. And it is in loving memory, that I share with you today, the words of a great man:
Today I “choose peace”.
September 23, 2012
I’m Rachel. For those of you who don’t know me personally, I’ve always been labeled as a ‘shy and quiet girl.’ It was in an attempt to remove myself from this quiet ‘pigeonhole’ that I followed my theatrical dreams to university where I studied acting. I pursued theatre for a number of years after graduating and found my home in the words of Shakespeare.
BUT after years of burning the candle at both ends, I burned right on out. I stepped away from theatre and gave myself room to explore other creative outlets. Photography and writing have always played a quiet role in my life. I had to ask myself, what was so wrong with ‘quiet’ to begin with?
I am who I am. And yes, I appreciate the quiet. I find peace there. When I’m behind a camera or allow myself to write, I get to just BE… me and the moment.
And sometimes, to my surprise, it’s not at all quiet…