WHAT LINES DEFINE your world? Horizontal or vertical?
Perhaps you’ve never considered that question. But ponder that for a minute.
Where do you live? Where do you work? What lines define your environment?
Do you live in the city, the country or a small town? Do you live on the prairie, in the mountains or somewhere in between?
My world has always been horizontal. I prefer it that way—flat and unbroken by vertical obstacles. Towering buildings overwhelm me; make me feel small, visually overpowered and uncomfortable.
Can you understand that? Perhaps if you grew up or live in a rural area, you do.
I traveled to Chicago once during college, and to New York. While touring the garment district in the Big Apple, I was nearly flattened by a vendor pushing a rack of clothing as I paused on the sidewalk to gawk at the skyscrapers. In Chicago, I struggled with sleeping in a hotel that stretched too far into the sky.
I can’t recall the last time I visited downtown Minneapolis, but I’m certain it’s been decades. I’ve never been to any other big cities and I have no desire to travel to them.
Some of you will say I am missing out on culture and shopping and so much more by staying out of the city. You would be right.
But to counter that, I will tell you many a big city resident fails to leave the confines of the city to explore the small towns and rural areas that offer grassroots culture and shopping and much, much more.
I am not trying to pit city against country, horizontal against vertical, here. Rather, I’d simply like you to think about your world from a visual perspective. Then, tell me, what lines define your landscape? Vertical or horizontal, or a mixture of both?
© Copyright 2012 Audrey Kletscher Helbling