The Highs and the Lows : Part Two
Yesterday, after my computer completely crashed (I'm now on my husband's, hoping my external backup works -- it's been plugging away over 24 hours now), I felt like going for a little drive. While waiting at a stop light, my car was crashed INTO (I am completely fine!). Crash upon crash. Whee!
While waiting for the police to sort out the other two cars, I had plenty of time to think, and I thought I'd revisit yesterday's blog post that I feel touched a lot of artisans in one way or the other -- the ups and downs of how we feel about what we do.
|One of the "things I do", for sale here.|
Yesterday, I wrote about striving to be the best you can be, and not letting others define what you think you SHOULD be. In other words, don't compare yourself negatively to others.
Now, there's nothing wrong with admiring people and aspiring to be like them. For instance, I aspire to have the design talents of my best friend, Cindy Wimmer. I aspire to have 1/176,564th of the talent of lampwork artist Dora Schubert. However, for me and my personality, those are healthy aspirations. If I get there, fine. I rather think I won't. But the key? I'm totally ok with that. The problem comes when you are so obsessed with what you can't do or what you think you can't do that you don't see what you can do.
|Jewelry by Cindy Wimmer, Beads by Dora Schubert|
When I first started getting into the creative field in 2003-2004, I kept hearing this phrase, "Find Your Bliss". At first, I had no idea what the heck that MEANT. I mean, my life had been pretty cut and dried. I was an Air Force veteran, pre-med student, and IT business manager. None of those exactly smacked of sitting around and having a heart-to-heart with artists about their bliss. I mean, the closest I got to that was leaning over an unidentified alcoholic Korean juice drink and talking about how blissfully happy we were not to be stuck back in our hometowns!
So here we are. You've found my blog, somehow, so let's talk about what "bliss" means.
My husband, Zack, and me, circa 2003. Photo by Jen Fariello.
Photo by me, on New Year's Day
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