- Posted April 7, 2011 by
Vermillion, South Dakota
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Cultural census: Your self-portrait
Expressions of Who I Am
Recently at lunch with a friend I was labeled the "most granola" -- a term at that time that I was not familiar with at all! It turns out it just defines someone who loves nature and connects with it in meaningful ways. I think the tag comes with my overwhelming hunger to be a part of wilderness and nature and finding ways to connect with it. I have always loved creating and that aspect of myself comes out in a lot of different ways. I enjoy writing, photography, gardening, hiking, camping and canoeing or kayaking. Last winter I found out that a person can build their own canoe and I just had to try it! Not having any experience with wood working or tools, it took a lot of time to prepare my "shop" and a full winter to build my canoe but when I finished it, I was rewarded wtih the sense of having done something that - I hope - will be a lasting part of who I am. After passing that 40 year mark in life you start to think about what kind of lasting impression or legacy will you leave for your children and people you love. I think that creating something -- building anything -- that expresses your heart and passions and that can physically remain with your family is a worthwhile endeavor!