Excited to Explore What I Have

You can travel, or you can explore right here at home. You can find something new on a trip by car or plane, or you can make a discovery in your reading room’s bookshelf. You can be honest with yourself and admit that you own books you’ve never cracked open. A faraway place or your copy of Listen! The Wind!; your eyes have till now seen neither.

I’m excited to explore what I have!

What’s there to buy, when you can rummage through your closet or garage? Why take a photograph when you haven’t bothered to study the albums your mom and dad filled? Who do you long to speak with again, when someone you love’s under your roof, being unspoken to.

They are alone, right now! Who again, do you long to speak to?

All that I have, should be used once and reused, often. My collected treasures should be described by me, not by others. What I’ve shared creates value to a stranger overseas, a fellow enthusiast who enjoys what I’ve shown. I don’t need him to be inspired to do likewise and show his treasures to me via the online forum we belong to. Instead, I want him to explore what he has, himself.

You are going to die, not knowing about most of the places and people in this world. Don’t die not knowing who or what you’ve got at home.

Bolt From The Blue (2011). Pen and ink on watercolor paper. It’s about being excited!

About Ara Hagopian's The LITERATE Show

For over thirty years, I have enjoyed drawing beautiful shapes and writing complementary stories. The imagery tends to focus on our place in the world—whomever or whatever we may be. I am influenced by Twentieth Century history—I read vintage magazines, books and letters. Inspiration comes from visualizing human achievement and personal interaction—derived from people, places and things which may be obscure, but never insignificant. My pen-and-ink THE MAGNIFICENT RECOVERY was selected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for their 2008 summer art auction.
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3 Responses to Excited to Explore What I Have

  1. Clive Donald Watts says:

    A nice piece. Very true for most of us.
    I have a few books, pictures and films which are a bit sad to watch, but will get there one day.

  2. Kathleen Bingham says:

    Ara..this story really makes me stop and think. The words are so true. We want to look for treasures everywhere, not realizing the best is right in front of us.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Good perspective, Ara. Also, think about what that other person at home is going through too. In addition, I have 100’s of books on my kindle. Explore there too!

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