This is a dishtowel my mom got me once. Pretty much says it all.
Okay, on to the clue stick stuff. I like to say "it's your life, don't chicken out," but also go by, "pay attention, or you're bound to miss stuff." Paying attention for me usually means when the universe starts shoving me out of my box, to turn around and start looking in a new direction, & be open to changes.
Most people don't make changes unless or until they're almost forced to. Some examples from my past are leaving my corpo job even though it was super scary-- a change forced by me becoming intolerably miserable where I was.
Going to welding school, which was almost like a flood victim grabbing the next log to float by-- Where I was in my life at the time was pretty bleak.
Getting into teaching some fitness classes at the local gym-- something totally uncharacteristic I forced myself to do to snap myself out of an unhealthy pattern, that led to numerous huge changes in my life, like meeting Trusty Pam for one.
Even the place I live now, which finally really feels like home, came about from me pursuing an interest I'd become sort of obsessed with in a round-about way-- sprung from an intense dissatisfaction with the status quo of my life at the time. This one was a combination of intuition & intention, an indirect result of my pursuit of this new interest. ~Long story~
Finding the trail and getting into riding were a remedy for a huge restlessness that was almost taking over me for a while, and finding that has led to all kinds of new aspects in my life that have been great.
Right now I'm paying attention because it feels like another shift is coming. The way I've been doing my art-- sculpture has really taken a physical toll on me this year. The air quality issue is something I stick my head in the sand over, but it's a real threat, and for the first time I feel like I'm doing some permanent damage to my hands. This means I need to be more decisive about what I burn my coal on.
I want to be able to keep doing projects I'm really excited about (like Tina), but need to find a way to cut some of the other production stuff from my work load. I'm playing with some ideas that I'm really excited about. I can't say too much right now, because if you expose creative ideas before they're ready, you risk killing them off.
What I can tell you, is that my last novel and a half, and at least three major sculptures I've done, have all been based on, or sprung from, some images I first made about 10 years ago. Those images, the concept behind them, still really resonate with me, and I'm contemplating some ways to work with them that may be easier on my body and free me up time-wise, allowing me to concentrate my sculpture work on the stuff I like doing the most. I could also see this opening up a whole new way of working for me.
I can tell this may be a shove in another direction because of how persistent my latest hand injury seems, and how obsessed I've become with this new idea and all there is involved to reeducate myself again, in a whole new area. It's kind of exciting for me. Feeling pretty sparked-up right now.