Every Wednesday I participate in Jamie Ridler Studios´ Wishcasting Wednesday practice. Knowing what I wish for helps me guide my actions.
Today Jamie asks "How do you wish to lighten up?". You can participate too by joining the Linky party at Jamie´s prompt post.
These pictures were taken 20 years ago today.
In January 2005 I had a melt down.
I could not comprehend how people could break the rules and get away with it. If I was told people were allowed 1 bag of a certain size on board of a plane, that´s what I brought on board. To see people with multiple bags and big coats shuffling my stuff around to make space for theirs was the tiny incident that put everything upside down. Years and years of complying with rules and being a "good girl" came crashing on me. I felt cheated.
I somehow came across Leah Piken Kolidas and her Creative Everyday, who introduced me to Jessie, who introduced me to Jamie Ridler. I read, listened and learnt. I opened up, I lightened up.
I met Kelly and followed her lead on spiritual books. She is always a few steps ahead of me and I learn so much from the way she looks at life. I met Lisa who became my cybersister. I discovered Leonie Dawson´s work, Christine Kane and Danielle LaPorte.
I became bubbly and changed the way I introduce/present myself. I´ve always stood by my word but now in my midforties I have started to stand my ground and make my way. I dare to say what I think, even if it is not the popular view, which allows me to engage in conversations with cool artists like Quinn McDonald.
She can say things like: Everyone who is living a real life makes huge mistakes, does not learn from them the first time, makes them again. I wouldn’t want to work with anyone who has not risked and lost.
The reason this blog has insights, tips, Aha! moments and how-to’s is because I made the mistakes it took to learn them. All of them. Several times over. It is more important for clients (and readers)—to know that it’s not how often you feel stupid, but how often you get up, dust yourself off and start over. Learning is the heart of creativity, and risking is the brain.
And I learn. I lighten up another tiny bit.
My wish today is to lighten up by learning from these magnificent women and others in my life. And of course the ones I´m yet to meet.