I am reminded of the movie Rain Man with Dustin Hoffman. During the credits at the end of the movie the director chose to show the snapshots Raymond took with his camera throughout the story; Pictures of street signs, license plates, address numbers above doorways. The pictures he captured so purposefully clearly illustrate Raymond's interest: Numbers. Raymond saw them as beautiful and interesting.
More than anything I have an almost obsessive attention to anything auditory. I can be totally involved in a conversation with someone and if the people sitting next to me have a particular tone of voice, or are unusually animated, my brain works hard to focus on the conversation I'm actually in. Concentrating is difficult for me when music suddenly appears on the scene. It can be soft and in the background, even a long distance away. It interrupts what I'm doing at that moment and I struggle. Most of the time it is completely pleasurable and I succumb to listening to the music and then have to apologize to those I'm with, asking them to repeat what was just said! When I write and speak I usually describe my experience through sound - breezes and leaves on trees, raindrops, waves on the shore, bumblebees vs. honeybees (there is a definite difference), imbalanced ceiling fans, construction work is either annoying or musical, aberrations in the familiar sounds my car or my refrigerator make, pitch changes in traffic, the clang of a trash can, the dissonant sound of a distant train, footsteps outside my door, zooming hummingbirds and those always quirky voices of crows ... I see with my ears.
What and how a person sees - and how he chooses to express is completely unique to the individual. If we don't like what's going on in our lives, it is possible to alter how we see. At a moment's notice (most often when change happens) we have a different mindset and my goodness, we are renewed, the light goes on, we suddenly have new tools at our disposal, life becomes easier and definitely more interesting!
Observe what other people "see"! Notice and note their interests and how they describe life. This is from where they draw inspiration, this is what feeds their creativity, their daily lives. If we take time to understand from their frame of reference, we have an opportunity to learn something new and to have compassion.
I'm an artist in lots of arenas. I see life in a comical way and sometimes romanticize what I see. That's how my pictures - art, songs, stories - are born. I am also visually drawn to texture and the variety and gradients of color. I am tactile and I often touch things, seeing with my fingertips. It's why I love playing the piano, using pastels and working with paper, sharing the couch with my lovely dogfriend, swimming in the ocean and most of all, listening and hearing the nuances of living things.
How do you see? What triggers you? How does it influence your work, your relationships, your daily life experience? What we notice matters.