Spread #128- GPS April 26, 2011Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.
Maps have always meant ‘the world’ to me..haha. But when my vision got bad, so did my ability to read the street names on the back of these maps. I thought, damn the tininess of it all. Yet I wasn’t ready to get myself one of these ‘global positioning systems’, a GPS . That was until I was to get in my car and drive up to Santa Cruz on the way to an art retreat. Along with my preteen daughter, there was no way I would stop a million times, unfold this crazy piece of paper to try to figure out where I am and where I am heading and then fold this thing again. Remember, I LOVE maps, I am so attached to the concept of maps in countless explainable and unexplainable ways. So yes I gave in and allowed someone special to treat me for my birthday and get me one mighty GPS. Best gift ever, after my trip with my daughter. We named it Miss. Gippy, or Miss Calculator whenever I confused her and did not go where ‘she’ instructed me to go and needed to ‘recalculate’. Miss Gippy did a phenomenal job at taking us where we needed to go, deep deep in the forested mountains. So what seemed like an unjustifiable gift, a guilty pleasure, turned out to be a necessity, or a guiltless pleasure. The source of this simple joy, I now believe, came from that feeling I have when I journal or when I post my latest spread on my blog. I am only in one place at the present moment. That’s not the case with the map. When you open a map, you see (that if you can see) where you’ve been, where you are, and where you are heading, and all the in-between routes. The GPS pinpoints your precise location on earth at this moment and shows you a tiny bit further. You relinquish control, you give your full trust that what will come will be quite interesting. You are where you need to be now and a tiny bit further…It’s sheer freedom. And here I was thinking that I am loosing my freedom by getting it.