The Person You Know You Are Inside

Life is full when you have so much on the go that you don’t get around to writing on your blog.

I hear someone muttering: “C’mon, Carol, you can always find time to post.” Was that you, Flora?

Yesterday I read Mary Buchanan’s April offering. She had not posted for about 2 months. Did I notice her lack of posting before she pointed it out? No. That is not a reflection on Mary, but has to do with my focus on my own art making, writing, speaking etc. But Mary really caught my attention with these sentences:

I guess you reach a point, eventually, when you just want to be the person you know you are inside. Not all the different people others know- the person YOU know. I know a lot of things about myself- good and bad, nice and not so nice. And I want to take my time in this season coming up to BE. I want to take my time reading a book and knitting a sweater. I want to start 20 projects and finish them little by little. I want to spend hours on the beach just watching the waves. I want to SLOW DOWN and not feel driven by the lists I make in my head. I want to putter. In the house, in my studio, in the garden. If the Master List Of Things That Need To Be Done gets items scratched off or checked- good. If it doesn’t happen- it doesn’t happen.

I agree, Mary. Those who are continually trying to be and do what they think others expect of them, lose themselves. And that is our major assignment, I believe, to figure out who we are and what we want to do with our one wild and precious life. Mary is intent on figuring out what SHE wants, and I salute her for it.

If we let others dictate what we should do, and how we should do it, we soon lack energy & inspiration because our own needs and passions are stifled. Manifestation of our dreams takes intent and commitment. No-one else can do that for us.

I am off in the wee early hours to Southampton to Artit with Jeane Myers (and whoever else shows up) for five glorious days. I definitely have a painter inside, and she is going to be in her element for the next week.

I will also meet Sharon Barfoot, whose ideas and artwork fascinate me. These days, where so many of our contacts are virtual, meeting a few of them in person causes a great quickening of the senses. Hopefully, I’ll be able to settle down and do some actual painting.

Tee, hee.


About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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4 Responses to The Person You Know You Are Inside

  1. Zappha says:

    Looking forward to meeting you.

  2. Tammy Vitale says:

    Hi Carol – have a great time! And I for one will wait patiently until your next blog!

  3. Have fun Carol! Good to see you at Threadworks Yesterday! Congratulations on your award! I’ll be talking to you soon, love Donna

  4. barb says:

    I am so jealous. Have fun, you deserve it given how hard you have been working. One of these days we need to make a plan to attend a workshop together and leave that “Master List of Things that Need to be Done” behind. (I AM SO SICK OF THAT LIST! but i believe that the trick is embracing and enjoying those things as much as anything else we want to do , that would be true happiness…….)

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