It’s funny what painting can teach me about life. I started with this painting oriented horizontally. I liked the first layer of splatters and drips on this painting and considered leaving it like that because I didn’t know what to do next. I told myself that whatever I did next, I could fix it if I didn’t like it. So I just started playing. I rotated it, splattered paint on it, let it drip, swirled it around. Halfway thru the second layer, I was panicking because it wasn’t working. I did NOT like the direction it was going. I powered through and kept working on it and I love the result! Now my problem is that I like it the way it is and don’t know what else to do to it so the cycle begins again. However, working through the last layer has given me some confidence that I can work thru the next layer.
And so it is with life. We often start out with an idea of what we want our life to look like. It might go well for a while, but life always has a way of interrupting, skewing, or even turning our plans upside down. Change is hard, but there are possibilities for us that we can’t even imagine waiting for us if we just power through. Going through changes or difficult experiences teaches us that we are resilient, that we can survive and even thrive after them. They might not be what we would choose for ourselves and we might even have preferred not to have gone through them, but they have made us who we are. Some of the most beautiful paintings have many, many layers.
My painting is not finished. I tried something new on the next layer, and it’s not quite working out. I’m not in despair just yet though. I set it aside and I will work on it tomorrow, because isn’t that what life is: trying again tomorrow?
Update: This is what my painting looks like now. Isn’t it far more beautiful than when I began? If I would have gotten frustrated and given up, or not tried new things, I wouldn’t have ended up with this painting! This painting has been a great inspiration for my life: always keep trying new things. Never give up. Most importantly, enjoy the ride.