“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”
I had a great friend and mentor who was so wise and gave such simple advice by allowing self-reflection be asking open-ended questions. Many of the decisions I have made these past month have had their roots in the numerous conversations we have had from the past.
One conversation in particular comes to mind. My friend once asked me, “When you look back on your life is there anything you will have regretted not trying or doing?” The point being that we only get to do our life once. We all have so many opportunities to branch out in different ways. When do you dive in and grow that new branch or when do you just wait and keep yourself open and give space to new growth? (and be patient while waiting?)
I have had a teaching career and an advocate for arts education for most of my adult life. It has been fulfilling, rewarding and highly purposeful. But, I came to a juncture where I needed to hold space open for new growth and risk. Here I have been almost two years. (patiently?)
As I held a space I kept imagining having my own studio to work, a space to exhibit/sell my work, time to participate in communities with other artists. It seemed risky. But, I returned to my friends’ question and I realized that my imaginings also could define what I would regret not doing.
So reader, my risks included developing this website and blog.