Saturday, July 10, 2010

What inspires you?

Inspirations can push us to do things we haven't tried before. They can help us be better people and they can help us be grounded and happy when things aren't going the way we want them to.

My inspirations constantly change. Sometimes I'm inspired by art - as I was by the recent Richard Diebenkorn works on paper I saw at the Greenberg Van Doren gallery. Sometimes I'm inspired by people, and what they do, like my friend Lisa, who is kind and giving and selfless and thinks/helps others before worrying or doing something for herself, or by my friend Janet who while waging a fierce but failed battle with cancer continued to work until she just couldn't and who I never ever heard say "why me?"

Right now I'm inspired by all the friends who are trying to carve careers as artists and friends who are trying to find new jobs. We're all trying to live the lives we want, to pay our bills, to find a balance, to not give up, to not say, "why me?"

I realized the next chapter of my life doesn't have to be work or art. I've sacrificed my art to look for work and sacrificed looking for work to paint. Maybe the next part of my life is painting. I know once I stop painting it's very very hard to get back to it and when you haven't worked in the corporate world for a while you start to worry that it will be hard to get back in the work groove.

Keep looking for your inspirations - I'm going to go get out my paints and create something.

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