Today I had to share a Mixed Media piece I created titled “Out on a Limb.” I am definitely at a point in my life where I can relate to this piece and it’s title. I am feeling like I did as a child, when I would climb up a tree and crawl out on one of its branches. I’ve gone out to the point where I am now taking a risk. The limb could break and I would fall.
I look down and am greeted by a familiar face. Words of encouragement are sent my way and suddenly the branch feels stronger. Or is it that I feel lighter because my spirits have been lifted! It doesn’t matter because either way, I am able to look ahead and take one step forward. Inevitably, insecurities set in and I look down in hopes of seeing that face again. Instead, I am greeted by a helping hand who holds the branch for me as I take another step.
Although still insecure about the risks I am taking as an artist, I am able to keep moving towards my dreams thanks to family and friends. I am amazed by all the ways my family blesses me and how they and people like my friend Patty will volunteer their precious time to help me. Thanks to all you “familiar faces,” “words of encouragement,” and “helping hands.”
Without these people, I would be paralyzed by fear. Instead, I am out far enough to see how far I have climbed. As far as risks go, what is the worst that could happen? I might fall…..hurt myself a little…..have to start over again? Ironically, either way I am on the ground. I guess I would much rather fall to the ground knowing I tried than stand there wondering how far I could have gone IF I had tried.
I hope the same is true for you. I think Henry David Thoreau said it best, “Go confidently in the directions of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”
Wishing your dreams come true,