I got lost the other day.
The trail before me disappeared into the underbrush. Every direction filled with a sunlit curtain of trunks and leaves. With no indication how best to move forward among them.
I was faced with the decision to keep trudging forward with uncertainty towards the destination I knew was within reach. Or to retrace all the ground I had covered to get to this point, the safe guaranteed bet. Despite the voice nagging in my mind I felt my foot move forward defiantly, pushed by the desire to validate the distance I had travelled.
The fallen branches grabbed at my ankles and the bushes became thicker with each step, but I knew I couldn't turn around. The tears welled in the corner of my eyes, and the anxiety bursting in my chest as the disorientation mounted. The battery on my phone flashing red.
I was so close.
And then I saw it. The blue square of paint on the trunk in front of me, relief flooding through me. I had been essentially parallel to path the whole time.
Even though I was shaken, I wouldn't trade the experience. Because it's a reminder that the path will not always be clear before us. And even if it is, the question is whether it leads where we want to go. And whether we're willing to step into the unknown for a while to get there.
And it also makes us extremely grateful for some valued guidance from a fellow creative soldier, especially when we're a little lost in the wild.
Meghan is one of these guiding lights. A smart, sassy and talented creator, who is always willing to share advice and support. I admire her ability to be real, and so willing to help those around her aspire towards their dreams. Not to mention her insanely sharp creative mind and how she is able to make the most interesting connections with ideas.
Her interests and expertise span widely. She is often found conquering the world of digital strategy, social media, government communications, and open data. But her life is also rich with her passion for music, film, screenwriting and art. She has produced numerous short films, sketches and plays, and explores creative narratives with a focus on capturing he meaning within moments.
Especially in a world that can seem overwhelming and creatively competitive, Meghan is a true gem. She is genuine and always willing to lend a supportive ear with a healthy dose of laughs. I am thankful for the advice and perspective she has given me on so many occasions.
We so often feel as though we are fighting our creative battles alone. Stumbling solo along the path, always a little of course. And this is why it's important to surround ourselves with others with experience, who have gotten little lost themselves, with time spent trampling through that same underbrush. There is so much to learn from our fellow comrades in the field when we choose to open up let others help lift us.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” - African Proverb
Check our some of Meghan's work at meghanwarby.com