Me, My Habit & The Law
It is new to me.
A habit that is not boring or bad for me.
At 64, I’ve had my flings with habits of youth, middle age, and now, what shall we call them, habits of the senior years? Self improvement programs inevitably talk about the necessity of good habits. Some speculate they can take as little as three weeks to form. I generally give up on self improvement habits after a few days; my resistance habit is formidable.
But, fear has been the motivator of my newest habit, the creative habit.
It is simple, really: scare the bejesus out of me and out I go every day to try and calm my nerves.
The world financial spiral effectively did that in mid September and continues it’s knife throwing ways right through today’s 5% loss in the market.
Each day, I now propel myself somewhere in my town or neighboring towns, usually in early morning or toward twilight, to photograph something, anything. It steadies my nerves at the same time it fills up hard drives.
Lately, I’ve developed the habit of photographing trains.
Yesterday, near a remote railway crossing at the end of a narrow road leading to a town storage facility, I waited for the train, standing near my headlights, with the camera over my shoulder. A police car came over the crossing and slowed to a stop. The officer lowered his window and asked, “Everything OK, here?”
“Oh, I just love trains. I’m waiting for the 4 o’clock.”
He smiled broadly and as the window began rising he said, “Well, stay safe now.”
I told my niece this story and she suggested that when he asked if everything was Ok, I might have joked, “Oh, do you mean the body in the trunk?”
I laughed and imagined his response. He would have gotten out of the car, of course. Maybe he would have called for back-up? He’d walk slowly over toward my car and certainly, without doubt, would ask me:
“Would you please pop the trunk, Ma’am?”
Only to reveal its contents: my camera bag—”A body of possibilities, the tools of a creative habit,” I’d say to the officer in my no nonsense Sgt. Joe Friday, “Dragnet” sorta way. “This is how I stay safe these days.”
©Pat Coakley 2009
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