Time Flies. F.L.I.E.S.
Eat Dessert First, Have the Wine at Noon, Paint the Giant Canvas with a HUGE brush, Paint the Elephant Orange, Do It ALL. Yep, that is what I said.
Who else is having all the feels about the colder weather moving in? I know I am. Summer just started. Right???
Bottom line: Time Flies.
It seems to be going faster than ever. I even notice kids feeling it. I have to tell ya’, as a kid, I had no sense of time. It was bliss. Now, I find myself squeezing every second out of every day. Only to find myself walking around like a zombie. Zombie in a good way. ;)
I think about this all the time… secretly trying to figure out how to wedge in 20 years, between my 58th and 59th birthday. There is so much I want to LEARN, PAINT, TASTE, GROW, DO!! No solid results on this experiment now, but I will keep you abreast of any breakthroughs. Stay Tuned.
Adopting a credo has helped for me. “I will get all the rest I need when I am dead” is mine. Yes, Yes… I get the calls from my artist friends, old friends, new friends and social media buddies, “Julie, you have to slow down.” And, they are right, of course. But I have Sh*t to do. And, really what shall I eliminate?? Teaching? No. Officiating Weddings? No. Painting every animal in God’s Creation with bright colors that make me smile? No. How about working hard and making money to do and have the things that we love. Hell No.
So, I am in somewhat of an energy pickle. But that is OK. I have found, the guilt of going to bed at 6pm once a week doesn’t last long and I feel like a million bucks the morning after. I am a mover and a shaker. And, I can't see that changing anytime soon. At least not in this lifetime.
A word about living in Fear and Making Excuses. It is Bull Sh*t. What is the worst that can happen? Really. Write it down and work it out. It is never that bad. I have students that say to me, “Julie, I am scared to paint this dog. What if I mess it up?” WHAT IF YOU DO? We are either winning or learning and the learning is the Win. PAINT THE DOG! Move to the place of your dreams. Become a Yogi. Drive a race car. Hug a tree in Belize. Open up the Chardonnay, you have been saving for a special occasion, on a Tuesday at noon. TODAY IS A SPECIAL OCCASION. (and for God's sake, drink it from your Great Grandma's crystal. Don't have that either. She messaged and said it was OK)
What I am trying to say is, You are Here, Living your gift of a life Today. Don’t waste another second. It is way easier to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission.
So go out and buy a huge canvas and start throwing paint on that bad boy. Layers and layers of feelings, struggles, chances, adventures, laughter and tears. You can do it.
I BELIEVE IN YOU.