What If You Fly?

There’s a viral quote on the Internet that has captured the imagination of a lot of people. It goes like this: “What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, but what if you fly?”

I’m not sure why the original poem, by a young Australian writer named Erin Hanson, would need to be truncated, when the poem itself is so extremely short. Here it is in its entirety:

There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask, “What if I fall?”
Oh, but my darling,
What if you fly?



It’s a metaphor for facing our fears and daring to take the plunge. It’s rather like another favourite saying of mine, also gleaned from the web a long time ago, “Leap, and the net will appear”.

Anyway, this Erin Hanson poem was what I had running through my head as I contemplated the task of sewing my very first article of clothing on my sewing machine. For a few days now I’ve been trying to muster up the courage to start sewing a bolero jacket like one I’d bought from H&M in Joondalup Lakeside Shopping Centre, Perth, Western Australia. It seems such a simple thing to construct!

So this afternoon, I bit the bullet and went ahead with my project. Okay, I cheated and decided to forego sewn on sleeves. And my piece of stretchy jersey material turned out to be too short, so I had to use a piece of silk and cotton tablecloth instead, that I’d picked up from the thrift store for $2. It wasn’t my favourite colour, though, but beggars can’t be choosers, right?

The verdict? I think I need to stay in my nest a while longer before I try to fly! The end result wasn’t perfect, but it wasn’t a total mess either. It just wasn’t anything to write home about. Back to the drawing board, then, and baby steps first…

So as not to declare the day a complete waste of time, I’ve created this image instead, as digital mobile photography art is one thing that I CAN do well. Enjoy!

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