“What does it take to have courage in life?” This was a question my Husband posed. If trusting yourself, is courage, then I know what it takes. To have courage in life.
“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” —William Faulkner
San Francisco Inspired Art
Our first trip together to San Francisco, California was in 2013. That trip served as the inspiration for all the Paolo Ferraris Colors artwork in this post. It also kickstarted our search for a new beginning together.
At the time, in San Fransisco, I remember Paolo telling me “you’re a brave woman.” To be described as fearless and brave is humbling. Especially when it’s coming from the one person, close enough to see me struggle with uncertainty before leaping.
Fearless by Paolo Ferraris Colors
If you were to ask me, how to develop courage and bravery, I would say this.
I’m not fearless. My resolve is just stronger than my fear. If that’s what it takes to have courage in life, then yes, I know what it takes.
Believe in yourself. Be stubborn, acknowledge fear and leap anyway.
During our trip to San Fransisco, we checked out every neighborhood. Found high points like Twin Peaks to take in the view and think. Even as the rents were skyrocketing, we were not dissuaded.
Linger by Paolo Ferraris Colors
Our plan at the time was not yet solid. Walking away from a decade in New York City was not going to be easy. Yet as we stood staring at the Golden Gate Bridge, I was excited, hopeful, not afraid. By water, the possibilities seem endless.
Superheros by Paolo Ferraris Colors
What’s in front of us is daunting and yes a bit scary. Yet I trust myself and my partner Paolo to take this leap. He knows I am brave enough, more importantly, strong enough to weather whatever may come. I know the same of him.
My partner sees strength in me. My partner is stronger than me.
Spinnalicious by Paolo Ferraris Colors
When Paolo looks back on his artwork from this San Fransisco trip, he quotes other great minds.
“You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around and why his parents will always wave back.” — William D. Tammeus
Yet it’s his words that I connect to the most.
“When I hear the music of a Carousel, I know my life is more flavorful than all that is said in every poem, book, movie.” — Paolo Ferraris, Artist
The truth is, Paolo gives me courage to enjoy the ride.
All of our searching, has culminated in our decision to join forces and launch ALOR Consulting 636 miles north of San Francisco. Look out Portland, here we come! Well after the New Year anyway.
We’ve got a trip to Italy calling our names first.
Each Monday ALOR reflects back on travel using Art and Photography created by Paolo Ferraris. We hope you’ll join us for short inspiring stories from around the world each week on ALOR.blog, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.