On a wonderful day in May, I sat in Octane Coffee Bar & Lounge to go through emails and to edit my little gifts of sight for you. The kind barista fixed me a caffeine surprise that consisted of three shots of espresso, chai and something spicy like paprika or red pepper (ironic considering this post). It was quite delish! As I was about to delete the above photograph (because it didn’t go with the theme of the planned post), I realized there was something special about it. The photo had been taken during a drive down to Florida with my friend, Kate, who urged me to pull over to the side of the road and capture it. The scene represents something that, at the time, inspired us to take the time to stop and smell the roses.
With this in mind, I´d like to know what ignites your flame? What inspires your desire to create? Is it the little things that catch your eye which no one else sees? Or perhaps it is the random thoughts in your head even though you are with a crowd? What are the modest things that fill you with joy and make you happy?
While sitting here pondering on all of this, I became curious as to the definition of the chosen name, Octane. Ironically, it is a "colorless flammable hydrocarbon…”. How perfect it is for me to be here, enamoured by this photo and thinking all of this. The little things that keep us going are “colorless” or what may seem meaningless or lifeless at the time. When combined, they become an extremely flammable force which ignite our dreams. I wish for each of you to find your dreams, to find what ignites you and even if you can’t see it or know what it is, make sure to enjoy every little thing in your day-to-day...... and it will find you. I leave you with my favorite quote:
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”