A short walk from our Cape May rental house is a tiny community garden lushly planted and curated with a mulched pathway. Those who tend have kindly offered guides to what is planted. It is a shady retreat from the relentlessly sunny sidewalks along Madison Avenue.
I am rather taken with the signs. They are charming yet helpful indicators of what one might find along the way.
Right now, today, I wish for my own little metaphorical garden to have such signage. Brightly colored ones amidst the greenery that would show me the way, with arrows pointing to which photography or writing class is right for me at present. Which cookbooks I might learn most from. What direction to take my dog training.
How bold am I now in regards to wading through my grief?
Every day recently, a writer, photographer, blogger, I follow, links to a class or course being offered. Soon! Registration is open! I have spent considerable time checking each one out. Each teacher offers inspiration or new sets of skills to learn. Most are e-courses, available through a series of clicks with credit card at the ready. Some are highly interactive, some are self-paced and more solitary, with support available. The two that nailed me in between the eyes are in real time and place, on separate weekends, mornings only, six-plus hours away...
Do I want to sign myself up for something that offers to take me way deep, or do I want to stay closer to the surface and learn in comfort? Do I want to be immersed, consumed, or is it best to make sure I have ample space for a little of everything?
I could and desperately want to ask you your opinion. What do you think I should choose? But most likely, you would say it depends, it depends on what you want, what you are looking for. All the choices look promising, don't they?