In the Weeds
Posted on 4 Dec ’12 by Earl Moore
“In the weeds” is an interesting saying. It’s often used to signify being lost, off the known path or being behind or overwhelmed in completing some task. It’s not normally used in a positive context.
There’s also a little known movie “In the Weeds” with Molly Ringwald which came out in 2000 about the wait staff in a up-scale New York City bistro’s who struggle with managing concerns about their lives which all seem to be “in the weeds.” Great title, but I can’t say I highly recommend the movie.
In my personal rear-view mirror of experience I’d have to say there’s more to be gained from spending some time “in the weeds” then always keeping to the well beaten trail.
It’s those moments “among the weeds” when assumptions are often dropped and relevant questions get asked and answered. It’s those moments when it’s not so important who we think we are or where we’ve been but more about who we want to become and where we’re want to go — direction and purpose.
These moments in the weeds are often unsettling and it may be only after the fact we come to appreciate the gains we may have found. This is from my own personal experience so your mileage may vary.
It does seem ironic in some ways that we, mankind, most self-aware of all the creatures on this planet, spend so much of our relatively short lives “navel gazing” — trying to define who and what we are instead of just being it and doing this thing we call living. The price of admission I guess.
Photographically I’m at a point where I’m trying to not over define my reasoning behind a photo. I may not know all the details of why I like something, or why in the moment I took the shot the way I did. I’m trying to listen to the inner voice and give more time to the being and doing, not thinking too much of what it all means or if others even care for it.
So, yesterday morning finding myself literally in the weeds exploring an area during a morning walk with Maggie I decided to enjoy the moment and explore the photographic possibilities…instead of immediately looking for a way back to the path again.