These days I go with what inspires me. I try to let go of only sticking to what I’m good at or comfortable with, and instead branch out, allowing myself to experiment with unfamiliar materials and techniques. Up until a year or so ago, this was a frightening, almost forbidden prospect. Relinquishing the control that made me feel secure? Stepping away from what works and what is easy?! Yes – Hell Yes! I did it, because the old way had become boring and played out. And if I can take chances in my creative life, then maybe taking chances in other parts of life will be less of a daunting task and more of a joyful excitement. I went for the cardboard chocolate(!) wrapper(!) that caught my eye – (it’s deliciously bitter chocolate, by the way!). The entire image grabbed me: the bold colors, the artwork, even the font – (I’m a nerd). I cut it up and put it back together. Simple as that.
Now each time I allow myself the freedom to venture into what piques my curiosity, the fear of the unknown/making mistakes/ degree of difficulty begins to fall away. Because in the grand scheme of things, that stuff doesn’t matter as much and shouldn’t be responsible for holding us back from experiencing life. By going with my gut instinct and shutting down the self-doubt, I am not just alive; I am living. And isn’t that what we all truly long to do?! Just live our lives, as wide-eyed and fully as we can muster, smashing through as many roadblocks as we can.
I continue to marvel at how taking small chances has the ability to affect us in big ways.