열여섯 번째 여행. 크로아티아🇭🇷 프레코
정말 좋았던 크로아티아 여행
원래 흐바르섬을 가려 했다가 흐바르섬은 여름에 가야한다는 호스텔 주인의 추천으로 급 변경해 가게 된 프레코라는 섬!
가이드북에도 나와있지 않은 곳이어서 크로아티아 섬의 분위기를 제대로 느낄 수 있었다.
낚시가 하고 싶어 줄낚시를 하다가 집으로 가려는데 줄낚시 장인을 만났다. 그래서 집으로 가는 여객선 일정을 미루고 그분께 한 수 배웠다. 스승님께서는 영어를 할 줄 모르셨기에 서로 손짓, 몸짓, 발짓까지 써가면서 줄낚시를 배웠다. 덕분에 줄낚시 스탯이 +1 될 수 있었다.
하루하루 새로운 사람을 만나고, 새로운 계획을 짜며, 그때그때 일정을 변경할 수 있다는게 자유 여행의 매력인 것 같다. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Warning: Long story about why this photograph (with my small paintings) is utterly important to me.
▪️When I was little, the 6 year old me looked up to my mom and became so intrigued with drawing and anything that involves creativity. She dreamt of having her own exhibition, one that she can share with the whole world but it was her perfectionism (afraid of failure), and her criticism toward herself that twisted her self view, causing her to think that she was always lacking, that she was never enough.
▪️When I wasn't accepted in art academies this characteristic came into the surface again. I thought I just wasn't good enough. Something that I was so passionate about, that I consider my life, my sanctuary of peace all crumbled down upon me and it suddenly became so insignificant.
▪️That was when I started to reject myself, and to reject art. But the irony is that, art was the only way for me to feel. To pour my soul, the emotions that were concealed without connecting with words and where the concept of time does not exist for me.
So, you can imagine how closed off my heart was, until recently. I had to learn through the diverse path in life that the only one I'm failing is myself, and that I'm not living to my fullest potential.
▪️Determined more than ever, I started to paint in a messy style (completely the opposite of my artworks) to release the emotions. I picked up the brushes and painted mini portraits of people, without any pressure set on me. And that feeling, that feeling of being free and liberated has somehow created something that made people smile.
▪️The best thing of all of this? That these guys decided to "hang" up my paintings of them in their cafe. Most likely as a joke first, and while it's a simple gesture, the impact is grand. They don't have the faintest clue that they made the dream of the 6 year old me come true. The dream of having an own exhibition and this is the first step to it. And for that, my heart will always be grateful. 🙏🏻✨ Merci! @thevillagecoffee@ray_murphy@mickremerink@pyramids_cruisin_co (and missing @crucial.chris here)