creativity thrives on an openness and innocence (or perhaps wilful ignorance) – a trust in the unknown and the anticipation of the unexpected – as well as a certain level of restriction, pressure, or limitation: a time constraint, a budget limit, an equipment or materials limit, inexperience, weather conditions, client preferences, mercury or mars in retrograde, etc.

we need injections of randomness and surprise. we need to be challenged and stretched, terrified and excited. to channel what is most authentic of our truth requires nothing less than the rawest of moments and the daring spirit to match it.

we all have our own version of this uncomfortable cliff’s edge to step up to, so don’t waste your time in comparison to anyone else’s approach. live and embody _your_ story.

our signature, our style, is borne of and through the process of honing artistic skills, delving into and acquiring a broad range of seemingly unrelated skills, countless mistakes, failures, and the obvious: practice. we learn self-trust and reliability through the emergent strengths and confidence.

it should be no surprise, then, that our relationships are very much in the same arena, yet rarely get even a small percentile of the same effort, patience, persistence, passion, energy, openness, innocence, daring and practice.

and maybe they needn’t, for what you value is what you choose to value – and this will change and evolve as you do; conformity to cultural norms is a terribly stressful and oft disingenuous way to live.

be real. be present. be consistent. dabbling in the arts and in your interpersonal life affords you only what is on the surface…and a lot of that is made up.

dive in.

solvitur ambulando

photo credit: Miss A.H.