Today I decided to help out friends ( let's call them A and B for now ) with harvesting olives on their land. I almost made an excuse not to go, had lower back pain the days before but I decided that would probably just make me feel guilty and not necessarily healthier or happier.
So I decided to go olive picking, instead of spending time behind the computer. We had an amazing day, just being outdoor in the sun. It's late October and Autumn here, with cold mornings and evenings, but that still means bare foot, taking your shirt off weather as soon as the sun comes out. We were slowly picking olives, making our way from tree to tree, and talked about all kinds of interesting topics. More importantly, we hardly mentioned 'The Thing'( that gets way too much attention this year ), which surely helps to feel good.
It's also not a bad thing that A. worked as a chef for many years and that I enjoyed lunch ( prepared by B. ) and dinner prepared by A. and B. during the day, as well as manifesting chocolate and cake and even a chess game just before dinner.
Let's say that I volunteered my time and awesome company ( not getting paid in money here ) in exchange for meditative, hands on, outdoor labor in - and with - nature in good company.
We also got to talk about film making. A. has wanted to make movies for a long time and I have been on a movie making break for almost two years now and seem to attract more and more people who want to get into filmmaking. I tend to pick up signs from the Universe these days ;<)
I also couldn't help telling A. that 'The Olive Pickers' ( people harvesting olives and having conversations about life would be a cool format for a series / show ), if it doesn't exist already.
To make a long story short:
It seems like I'll be getting back into film making soonish and I'm excited about that.
I'm looking forward to being part in what seems to become a documentary project about Portuguese traditions ( like olive picking and making olive oil ). As well as about foreigners ( like A. , B. and I / Me ) who moved to Portugal and are trying to find ways to be more than just 'invaders' looking for an escape out of the system. People like us who actually try to find ways to be of help to the community.
I'm excited to be part of this and to share more of this with you all in the near future.
In fact, I might go back to olive picking with them tomorrow, to brainstorm about this even more. I even consider moving to their land one day soon to be part of their project ( they are working on getting some kind of food forest set up there in the coming years ) on a daily basis.
For those who are wondering:
No, I won't forget about Hypersensitivosaurus. I still plan to continue working on this story / my writing too. In all honesty, I like to think that doing the aforementioned is gonna give me the energy needed to actually work on my writing too.
TO BE CONTINUED :<)