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The Column is a monthly feature that explores the world of creativity and aesthetics.

Live To Be 100

"I'm looking forward to living well past my hundredth year". My words were met with a scowl and a quick retort "Mike, you've got problems, get real - how many people do you know who live to that age?". I didn't respond apart from saying I thought that a negative frame of mind.

There will be those among you who share the need for a reality check. Look at the facts, accept your lot in life, fall in line. The exchange was an example of two very different worlds colliding like a wave to shore.

Wave To Shore - click to enlarge

There are so very many things I wish to do on my first leg of the journey. Places to experience, people to meet, movies to make, buildings to design, music to compose, books to write, poetry, paintings, photographs, sculpture, ceramics, digital artwork, multimedia, and much, much more that I have yet to realize. One hundred years is nothing like the time I need so I have no option but to aim for far longer.

My outlook is positive, my hope, unreasonably optimistic. I see endless possibilities in the future. I resist the life of the ordinary which requires we act out a play that stifles creativity and makes us small. I see no inevitability in the path we tread as to do so would be to leave hope, that most human of qualities, behind.

To explore my creative potential requires my willingness to be ethically unconfined. I do not follow any particular dogma to that end, and my action is imperfect. There are many times I loose my footing, stumble awkwardly, or fail to be true to something more than myself. My need to connect the world I experience to yours is however ever present, and it is that need to express some small part of what I faintly know as a greater whole that is at the heart of my confidence in a long and fruitful future.

Where Wave Meets Land

Where wave meets land and sky to sea,
When rush of water sweeps beneath
The pull of current folds ten thousand pebbles one against the other
Pushed then pulled in movement strong,
Rolling swishing swarm embrace the pebble strangers that the force of nature found,
Shells and seaweed, wood and float,
All are close as crashing water white with spray,
A fish's fin darts near,
And for the shortest moment that the eye can stay,
You see the fish as he does you,
Dive once more to battle and enrich sea immense compared to such a tiny life,
The great and wondrous aqua blue.


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Mike de Sousa is the Director of AbleStable®. Mike has been commissioned as an artist, music composer, photographer, print and web site designer, and author. Mike is also the Creative Director of 2BrightSparks, a software company.

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