This past couple years I have done a great deal of personal development. Maybe because when you reach your 40′s you start thinking about where you’ve been and where you are heading [mid-life crisis?]. I have worked free-lance for over 12 years now. Being holed up in my office works great for me, but I have also yearned for a comrade. Someone to share the decision process and resolve obstacles.
Granted, DH is a wonderful support for me. But, he doesn’t do what I do and can only relate and offer advice “some” of the time. So as I re-ignite my creative journey, I know DH doesn’t “get it.” He looks at me with crossed eyes when I read passages from Stephanie McPhee’s “At Knit’s End.” Or gives that look of bewilderment when I get excited about fondling fibers (yarn or fabric) or finding cool “found objects” in the street. And he occasionally throws away my experiments (like the recent rusty fabric project I had in the back yard), because he thinks someone (me) left trash laying around. He’s a good sport and doesn’t say anything, except “as long as it makes you happy.”
So recently, I found a group of local women who are mixed-media loving artists. They inspire me and fill my need for comradery. I laugh to myself every time I’m with them when I realize…they “get IT!” I don’t have to explain my doubts, fears, or mistakes. They feel the same. I also don’t have to explain to them why a color makes me happy, or how touching a fiber brings chills to my skin, or how I find creating something from a pile of stuff that most people would consider garbage is a very rewarding opportunity. They understand and feel the same.
You cannot realize how long it has taken me to find a group of woman like this. They’re smart, they’re brilliant, they’re supportive and they understand. They abhor the bitchy cat fighting most women do. They are not in this world to be “better” than anyone. They are here to be the best “they” can be and if they can find someone along the way to help…they’re there for them.
How cool is this??!!!
So on this day of good luck 08/08/08, I give a “shout out” to my friends. I wish you only good luck, prosperous journeys, and eternal happiness. You motivate me and make me smile. I am glad to have you in my circle of friends.