you’ve probably heard that word if you’re using gps and you make a wrong turn. it can be annoying (especially if, like me, you occasionally make wrong turns on purpose!) but it’s the word that came to me when i sat down this morning to re-evaluate where i stand from a creative perspective.
i decided that writing my thoughts out could be helpful, especially knowing what a supportive audience i have, and i will intersperse them with some images that i would classify as “typically hawaiian.”
why am a having to recalculate? well, it seems that lately so many of my creative endeavors have not taken on wings, as i had hoped, and have remained grounded. or hit the wall. or fallen flat. (the latest blow is that the gallery where i show my work has suddenly had to close indefinitely due to water damage and asbestos. yikes.) use whatever analogy you want, but here i am at a sort of tipping point.
|fabulous (though expensive!) coffee|
from this perspective, i can see so easily the side on which i could let my hopes and dreams get swept away like flotsam in the recent rains. caught in the swirl and right down the drain. it’s almost tempting to let that happen. let it all go. a clean slate from which to work. open my eyes and start all over.
|pu-pus (polynesian appetizers)|
if i keep my wits about me though, i can see the other side. the rational side. the side that knows all the time and effort i have put into each project and realizes the stupidity of just letting that all go down the tubes. that reminds me that even when it’s hard to believe, no efforts or positive intentions are ever really wasted. and that we don’t always know where they are leading or when they may come into play in some new and positive way.
so i need to tip the scales in that direction. i need to keep moving forward. this i know. sometimes the creative practices that we establish can act as a lifeline and i feel like this is one of those times. so, yes, i will KEEP MOVING FORWARD!
(thanks for listening – i feel better already!!)
|even the dogs have dreadlocks!|
|pele, volcano goddess (from the jaggar museum, sorry - could not find the artist's name)|