Many of us grow up thinking we know who we are. This illusion continues throughout adulthood and keeps us on a clear and narrow path. We do know our core…a small part of us that comes natural and needs no planning. We know what we’re capable of.
But we also go along being more sure of what we’re not capable of. This defines a comfortable and non-challenging path for which we conduct or daily routines and plan for our uneventful future. Days, months, and years surely filled with boredom and monotony, leading to fatigue and poor motivation. We go to great lengths to protect our comfortable and self-imposed ways against the unknown and frustrations that can accompany exploring new waters.
Some of us, though, have an inkling that there’s something else. Something that adds sparkle to our lives and better defines the meaningful and important aspects of who we truly are.
I’m not into New Year’s Resolutions, but the New Year always seems like a turning point for new ideas or schemes to boost existing interests each time it comes around.
It’s also a time to review the year just lived. For me, these last few New Years have been more about wondering and patiently waiting for interesting and unexpected happenings and notions to come my way, than it is for planning out the year with resolutions.
I do have plenty of plans, but I also leave room for anticipating the unpredictable.
2014 brought an unplanned and fulfilling opportunity for us to be part of a special sailing program for people with disabilities. And we can’t wait for the upcoming sailing season to begin again.
I was also pleasantly surprised with my interest in learning watercolor painting. I took a two-day Plein Air painting seminar on the shores of Lake George with expert Artist, Nancy Philo who has that knack for teaching and figuring out where each student artist’s abilities lie. This led me to private lessons with her that have me constantly thinking about creating, practice, and improving.
Cooking, writing, and photography took up more space in my head and my days in 2014 than the year before. And I expect 2015 to bring new opportunities, unexpected interests, and improved cooking, writing, and painting abilities.
I believe our challenge is to look for things to do that cheer on our creativity and to do them without fear of failure or worrying about what others think.
You will enrich your life immeasurably if you approach it with a sense of wonder and discovery, and always challenge yourself to try new things.
~A small collection of photos that illustrate my 2014~
2014: Kayaking, Snow Shoeing, and my first Plein Air painting class results.
2014: Photography: Nature.
2014: Creating snow scenes.
Some of my paintings. As is obvious, I’m still an elementary student in this enjoyable and meditative craft. I painted the winter scene at the beginning of this post last night and was instructed by the Youtube sensation, Lindsey, the Frugal Crafter.