Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Taking a Plunge
Back in the late '70's I started working on a master's degree in counseling. I didn't get very far along in the program; only a semester or two before I realized that I was too burnt out from going to school full time and working two jobs (adding up to full time) for too many years. Anyway, one of my teachers was kind of like taking a class from Timothy Leary (remember him?). It was a great class; I learned a lot in a most unconventional way! One of the assignments that was on-going throughout the semester was that we were to do an excercise in real life that he referred to as, "taking a plunge". What he meant by that, was to do something outside of your comfort zone; something that you do not ordinarly do. We were to discuss our "plunge" experience during class. It was kinda scary, but kinda cool all at the same time to step up to the plate and do the monthly "plunge"; let alone reveal it to a classroom full of strangers later. The things I decided to do for the semester were "doing activities alone"; I went to see a Ruby Brown play (forgot the name but it had the word, 'rainbow' in it), ate at resturants alone...I can't remember what else. The one that was really outside my boundaries was seeing the play alone; it was kind of strange not having anyone next to me to share dialogue with before and after the play. The ritual of parking and finding your seat. Alone. But, I learned that it was an enjoyable experience. What was most valuable to me was the importance of going outside of our boundaries of comfort. You can't grow if you don't venture past those boundaries. The image at the top is a Polaroid transfer; the subject is Juliana Cole's(www.meandpete.com) mother Jane, floating in a pool at Hacienda Mosaico (www.hacinedamosaico.com) in Puerto Vallarta. It was taken on slide film, then transfered to Polaroid film. She was so in the moment of peaceful bliss floating quietly in the pool. Completely oblivious to the world around her.
Posted by Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio at Tuesday, November 28, 2006