Yesterday I spent the entire day exploring as a tourist at home in Manchester. The day started off with a water taxi tour along the Bridgewater Canal viewing the canal banks full of street art, and further down the many tents pitched, reminding us of our cities’ homelessness crisis.
After a relaxing and insightful cruise down the canal we headed up to the John Rylands Library to engage in its amazing architecture and magical atmosphere and then wandered upto the Northern Quarter for a bit of street art spotting, followed by a walking tour around Ancoats, learning about the Cotton Mills and the regeneration and construction over the last 5 years or so.
All in all the day made me realise how much I am proud of where I am from and how much there is to learn about this ever changing city!
Here is a little watercolour painting I did today to remind me…
So it’s Sunday late afternoon and I’m waiting in the busy arrivals lounge at Manchester Airport. I’m early so I’m sat facing a not so busy Boots shop, all I can see are rows and rows of products, sun tan lotion, hot water bottles (?!), travel pillows etc the usual ‘necessary’ products…
After 10 minutes or so I’m still waiting and I’m growing bored of the view, I want to see something more so I close my eyes. When I open them I see this…
A little dinosaur wanders past, wearing flip flops, oblivious to the paradise that has now blossomed in the shop, palm trees, butterflies, heliconia flowers and hibiscus flowers in full bloom, and all he’s concerned about is gorging on his cheese and tomato wrap!
What do you see while you wait?
Waiting can sometimes be boring, it can be frustrating, it can stir up feelings of worry and anxiety, especially if you have somewhere to be.
This was a place that I used to find myself in quite regularly, until I learned to let go of the things that were beyond my control. Learning to meditate helped this process. It enabled me to calm myself down while waiting, realising that there was nothing I could do to hurry the wait but clear my mind and avoid the worry thoughts that would inevitably kick start anxiety.
Always having a notebook and pen to hand helps. It allows an escape from the current ‘real life’ situation into that of my creative imagination, which in turn creates more creativity, rather than anxiety!
These images are the first of a series ‘While I Wait’, drawn while I wait. The one on the right was waiting in a boring, bland, soul less Doctors surgery, the other was drawn while I was sat waiting in non moving traffic for 2 hours.
I hope they inspire you to think about what you could be doing while you wait – and allow you to focus on something that is good for your mind and your overall well-being.