**(A bit of a prequel to my first post, also not so much of a prequel to my first post.)
Autumn is by far, my absolute favourite season. Ask anyone who is friends with me, and they will tell you so.
Now having that in mind, imagine me presented with this situation:
A sunny, yet cool autumn day, leaves of varied colours and crispness fallen everywhere and ornamenting trees; a leisurely trip to not only an enormous and beautifully structured library, but a quaint, musty book store stacked high with old and new books, gold leafed and beautifully designed, with every subject imaginable; a warm drink in hand, steam filling my senses; the busy streets of downtown and bustle of the city constant in the air, though balanced by the serenity of nature; the casual and intriguing flow of conversation and laughs with friends;
It was perfect.
Before actually being able to go downtown and have this beautiful day become a reality, I kind of prepared myself to not find any books actually on my eminent person. Being such a contemporary guy, though well known, Humble the Poet isn’t someone you would be able to find any books about (yet). And even though he has indeed written a book himself, it’s only available for purchase online. So rather than going downtown to find books, I figured I could use this trip to spend the day while following the thoughts and mindset of my person: all about forgetting what other people think, living in the moment, being the person you want to be, and surrounding yourself with positivity.
“Whatever you consider your purpose is the purpose that you choose. Give your life purpose, create your purpose, and allow yourself to change your purpose as you evolve as a person.” – Humble the Poet (How to Find the Purpose of Life)
Check out my small photo album of the day on Flickr.
I found from the moment we stepped out of the bus, through each place we went and everywhere we visited, I was really in tune with my self, as well as my surroundings. The fact that near all the environments we were in contributed to my ideal of a perfect day, I couldn’t help but focus on all the little details that made it so. I was able to take time for myself, as well as be able to enjoy the people and the places around me. During our urban solo sit, I had recorded a short video just to capture the essence of the city block I was seated at.
While in this corner of the city, I was able to just sit and (I know this sounds creepy but I swear to all that’s good it’s not) just simply people-watch, if you will say. There’s something rather peaceful about sitting and just watching; watching the woman run up the stairs as she’s presumably late for work, coffee in her hand; watching the trees on the rooftop garden blow softly every once in a while in the breeze; watching busy cars idle along the paved streets, lights flashing and people roaming. It all just gave me this settled feeling in my stomach, that I was just being.
Onward from here, in the bookstore as well, I found myself mentally collecting exactly what it felt like to be in the small shop, narrow aisles and an abundance of books everywhere. Later on, I decided to journal a bit of what this was like:
“There were books stacked high by the stories, fragile covers nearly detached from their spines. The musty smell wafted through the dusted shelves, the shuffling of occasional pages being turned and quiet murmurs of discussion settling on the tops of books and echoing off walls. Wading through piles after piles of tattooed pages, the sunlight bathing the floor was shying away as shadows of passersby loomed. Obese novels followed by petite samples, ample knowledge quenched the space. Transported from the minds of the past, from the depths of the ground, from the sky up above to the infinite beings roaming the streets, there were words stitched and bound around every corner turned.”
The last thing, and I feel the most prominent thing of the day was by far being able to be around those I was with. One thing I realized my Humble talks a lot about is making your life as good for yourself as you can. Part of this means surrounding yourself with positive people who make you not only feel good about yourself, but allow and help you to grow as a person. I feel like I really was able to take advantage of the day we had to really just be able to feel positive, and get to know my friends better than before.
take a look at the people you surround yourself with.. that's your future.. so chose wisely..
— UnLearn101.com (@humblethepoet) July 28, 2014
Looking back, I feel the day led itself on the terms of, “Inspiration come from places where you least expect it.” The fact that I couldn’t exactly go out and look for specific information on my person really allowed my to go the day through the similar mindset of him, and I feel allowed me to be able to connect with him on a deeper level.