Oct 16, 2013

Travel light.



Travel light, one of my Mom's biggest mantra. As a restless person, my Mom was never happy to stay in the same place for long, so as a child, I was often taken here and there. For a week, for the weekend, for just a couple of days. Trains, airports, bus stations.  One of our best pictures together was taken infact at a train stop. The only rule was to have the smallest luggage possible. Even my little backpack was carefully assembled: only one toy, crayons, a book, later a walkman.
The summer was always a tour de force of visits to long lost friends, grandparents, other unknown relatives and the odd trip to a place she read about in a book, until my Dad had his own holidays too. The large backpack was then taken out of the closet and filled with fins and diving masks, fishing equipments and maps. One full month in the same place, usually an island somewhere in the Mediterrean or on a friend's boat. A month without shoes or tickets…

I've never really learned to "travel light", but I've learned to fill every corner and pocket of a suitcase so tight, it often appears to be like a Mary Poppin's bag and weights as much as me. I do the same with my life. I tend to fill every corner, with things and people, activities and stuff I find interesting even for a little while. Ideally, I'd keep EVERYTHING. With time or with the lack of spare time that seems to be a key element of my life as a parent, I've started to choose. As much as I'd like, not all of these things bring an added value.

I was not surprised then, when my Mom asked me on the phone yesterday: "Are you travelling light, yet?"
She knows October is when I start to pin down a balance of the past year and think of what I'd like for the next. It's the time I make space and leave everything I don't need. I usually start cleaning the mailbox from roughs I'll never send or conversations that turned out to be not as meaningful or fun as I thought they would be. I'm easily bored, I like a good challenge or a funny, well written message. Sometimes, if I really really care, I give one last, little tug and see what comes until the new year, before moving on for good…
I can't do everything well, choosing a few things gives me the chance to give them my best attention and make it a fulfilling activity. Same sadly it's for people. Some are great only at a distance and best kept that way.

This chubby little man likes to travel at night. I can't blame him, I do too especially by train. He doesn't have much with him, but maybe that small bag is very heavy, he certainly has a beautiful lantern. It's from a book I've illustrated in August for Edizioni EL and will be published soon. It will be remembered as the "book with horses," not my favorite subject to draw, but I hope I did them justice!

I don't know what 2014 will bring, this past year was surprising and disappointing, exciting and very tiring, rewarding and in many occasions, emotional. I filled every corner, now I need space for new things.





5 comments:

Lucyna F. said...

Magic ,I like a horse very much.

srinivasa chennai said...

Great post and i like all the animation images. thanks for sharing such an awesome images with us

jessica tirupati said...

Really amazing photos and good to see your imagination. thanks for sharing this post

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