Doubts can take over, if I’m not careful. They’re like big, dark clouds rolling in from a distance. They loom and threaten. They shift and move unpredictably.
They tell me this unconventional path won’t work. They tell me I should get a “real” job, stop my dreaming, and grow up. They tell me all about what normal people are doing. They point out that I have no experience as an entrepreneur, artist, handmade revivalist – so how the hell do I know what I’m doing? They tell me I should just quit and take the easy road.
Sometimes they properly bum me out and leave me in a tizzy.
But sometimes. Sometimes I’m ready and I don’t let them rain on my parade, no matter how big, dark or quick they are. I tell them that I tried conventional, just didn’t work out for me. I tell them I have a real job, am grown up, but will never stop dreaming. I tell them I’m most certainly not normal, thank ya very much. I tell them I have plenty of experience – just not the accredited kind. I tell them I’m already on the easy road, ’cause this road is paved with passion and joy.
As I learn to pay attention to what makes me happy, calms my fears and leaves me energized, I gain complete control. I can get rid of doubts, future funks, and any other melancholy moods. Plus I can take good moods and drive them straight to awesometown.
That’s what I did today. Even though it’s already the middle of May. And even though it wasn’t that cold. I had a cozy, crackly, warm fire. It took the dreary, sprinkly day and made it just perfect. I spent much of the day happily by the fire dreaming, drawing, and scheming.
Sure, I could’ve lived without it, but it made me happy, happy, happy to have my cozy, creative time. And now I feel refreshed and ready.
I urge you to pay attention to the little things that make you happy(er/est) and pursue them. Even if it’s impractical and silly. Do it. You won’t regret your happiness.
Speaking of happiness, I am so excited about a purchase from this weekend. Kale, Baylor and I went to a street fair over the weekend and purchased our very first piece of real artwork!
I have to admit this has been a “bucket list” dream of mine. I’ve wanted to meet the artist, learn about their work and buy an original, unique piece of art. Check, check, check. We came home with this beauty and it makes me smile every time I look at it.
It’s a super cool mixed media piece that just can’t stop off-gassing creativity.
I hope you’re having a great week, too, and can find a few moments to pursue your happiness.