This has kinda been my motto these days (although I seem to be collecting a lot of those, lately). It reminds me how exciting the days ahead will be, of all the potential out there. Freelance life is no cake walk, and I am still far from where I'd like to be, but I have never regretted it for a second.
E, for Evolution. Over the last year or so, I've seen a real, tangible evolution in my work, and it's finally heading in a direction that makes me feel excited. The most exciting thing about it is that it's not at all what I thought it would be, and my artistic interests today are totally different than they were a year ago. It has been a tremendous learning experience, working and reworking pieces, experimenting and researching. It's still a long road to travel, but I'm happy that I've been able to at least get to this point. This evolution has inspired so many different project ideas that I will begin sharing over the next few months and my only regret is that there are not enough hours in the day to follow up on all the projects I have brewing in my head.
We are all presented with difficult decisions in our adult lives, there's no question about it. There are so many paths to choose to attain the life we want. And while no decision has come easy these days, I've felt more comfortable surrendering to my dreams, no matter how silly or unattainable they seem. At this point, I'm not really sure how else to live my life, and I no longer feel guilty about that. In an economy where nothing is stable, there's really nothing to lose by choosing a path lead by passion. I've also taken comfort in friendships with people who are also lead by their dreams: of acting, traveling, starting life in a new city, starting their own businesses. With such limited time to live, why on Earth would we ever follow anything other than the things we absolutely love?
So I know I said I wasn't planning on making any resolutions, but I did want to set some tangible goals. There's a few more that aren't included in this sketch, including boring things like pay off my credit card bills and be more organized for tax season. I'm excited to see what 2013 holds in store but the fact is, there's a delicate balance between wanting more from your life and appreciating what's already there and wonderful. And while we must have goals to propel us forward, perhaps we lose sight of the bigger picture in the process. Why do we wait for a new year to finally pursue the things we want to accomplish? Every day is a new year, even if there's only one day we actually celebrate it. So in the midst of setting and achieving new goals, let's also remember to love what's right in front of us.