Only a couple weeks away from the move to Oklahoma, I have been reflecting a lot on home, making (or not making) art and what makes us who we are.
Going to Oklahoma is taking me 1400 miles away from all that is familiar; family, friends, my woods (a walk in a forest will be a new and very different experience from Ontario). The decision to take on a new adventure was a difficult one. I am simultaneously terrified of leaving behind the familiar and excited to experience the new. I think the personal insight and, consequently, the creative insight will be priceless.
Who we are is a moving target – just when you think you know, it changes. I think ‘knowing who you are’ is not a destination. To look at it as a static ‘place’ misses the adventure of exploration and discovery and can trap us in restrictive labels and ‘shoulds’ never allowing us to really experience ourselves.
With so much still to do, I want to share a couple of things that really got me thinking about what I need to keep in mind as I go forward. Perhaps, all of you might find it useful as well.
Artist and teacher, Lori Woodward wrote a wonderful post, “Identifying my True Niche” on breaking free of what everyone else think you should do to knowing what you need to do. She wrote it in response to reading Seth Godin‘s “We are all Weird” and excellent manifesto on the paradigm shift in culture market and how we perceive ourselves. What she said was profound and has been on my mind since I read it a week ago and will simmer there for a while. I look forward to your thoughts and feel free to share your adventures. To new roads and new discoveries!
Enjoy and see you in November…