ART: Just put one foot in front of the other.

fdb6bf41ace6004aef23b7c67553d766A young friend of mine sent her passport renewal paperwork yesterday. While that, in itself, is interesting, what interested me most was she said afterwards: “I wish I could move that quickly about everything that I want to accomplish.”

And, indeed, she had moved quickly. In fact, it took her only a day, from the time we first spoke about renewing her passport, to complete the paperwork, acquire the $100 renewal fee, and to mail it all.

You see, she wants to travel. Her desire to travel to accomplish what can be seen as a rather tedious task.

Although travel is appealing in many ways, it was not the key factor in her choosing to act quickly.  The key factor was her desire. Her feeling of wanting something caused her to take the steps towards achieving it. It’s a no-brainer, right?

Well, maybe not.

Many of us live our lives doing what we believe is expected of us and never question why we are doing what we do. As we get older, we begin to cast aside dreams, disregard opportunities for change and play into the notion that whatever we are, that is what we were meant to be.  In essence, we lose our desire for living outside the confines of societal and familial expectations.  Whatever curiosity and passion we held in our childhood, adolescence and young adulthood become seemingly spent, used up by the rationality of being a grown-up.  Then we spend our time lecturing those who are younger on how  not to end up like us, but to make sure that they live within societal norms while giving up on fantasies (a.k.a dreams).

Of course, this is not applicable to everyone. However, a good number of us seem to operate in this manner.  We seem to work to cancel out possibilities of younger people living extraordinary lives.

“I wish I could move that quickly about everything that I want to accomplish.”  In this one statement, my friend revealed that

  • 1) there are things she wants to accomplish, but has little motivation so to do, and
  • 2) when there is something she really wants to do, she accomplishes it quickly.

Well, the answer to her problem becomes simple: she must figure out the things she really wants to do in her life, rather than trying to accomplish what she believes she should.

Knowing what you really want out of life, what you are truly passionate about (even if it is challenging or lacks impressive financial rewards), what moves you to positive action (not reaction), what moves you to constantly evolve can only lead you to live a life full of meaning.

So, what was my response to my young friend’s statement? “Well, just do as you did with your passport.”

  • Acknowledge what you want,
  • Research the steps you need to take to accomplish it, and
  • Take the first step, and then the second, and the third, etc., until you get to where you want to go.

Living a meaningful life is truly a work of ART.

So, start painting your dreams into reality.

Until Next Time,

D.

FibroArt Mondays!

Pain within Me, by artist Amanda Zammit. Click to visit her WP blog!

Pain within Me, by artist Amanda Zammit. Click to visit her WP blog!

Amazing artist Amanda Zammit created the above piece titled Pain within Me for a loved one who has fibromyalgia and myalgic encephalomyelitis. Please, click either her name or the image above to visit her website.

Very Tiny….FibroArt Monday! (Yes, I am back)

Image via GIS. Click to visit related Pinterest site.

Image via GIS. Click to visit related Pinterest site.

I found this image via Google this morning and I thought it was perfect to describe my recent circumstances.  The past two weeks have been a rollercoaster, and I let the ball drop on my personal projects (blog/vlog).  Now that that ride is over, I’m excited to get back into the groove of things. 🙂

FibroArt Mondays! (It’s Monday, Right?)

Got Fibro Series. Image by D. Blake

Got Fibro Series. Image by D. Blake

I’ve had the flu for a week. I’m a little slow on getting it together with blog/blog.  Still, I’m working on it.  Look out for new posts here tomorrow and on my YT channel!  Thanks for sticking with me!

FibroArt Mondays!

Image from FibroArt (Facebook). Click to visit & like their page.

Image from FibroArt (Facebook). Click to visit & like their page.

I happened upon this image today on the FibroArt Facebook page.  It’s been a bit of an overwhelming period for me, and this image seemed to speak well to how the past few days have been. 🙂

Please, take the time out to visit and like their page. It’s a wonderful space that celebrates both art and survival.

 

FMS | FibroArt Monday :)

Image found on Pinterest (Kallie Nielsen).  Click to visit.

Image found on Pinterest (Kallie Nielsen). Click to visit.

Happy Monday, Everyone! I hope the weekend was pain-free & stress-free. Here is this week’s FibroArt piece, which was found on Pinterest (Fibromyalgia Inspirational…).

FMS | FibroArt Monday!

Image found on Pinterest: Fibromyalgia-pains. Click to visit.

Image found on Pinterest: Fibromyalgia-pains. Click to visit.

I believe this piece is titled “Lonely Girl in the Rain.” It’s a powerful image, and regardless of the original theme, I think it lends itself well to fibromyagia.