Some Friday Inspiration: live a life of wild, silly abandon

Yesterday, I had one of those moment . . . I was sitting at my desk carving my linoleum block and listening to news radio about an upcoming art exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Nothing spectacular was happening—I was just doing my work, carving my block—but quite by surprise, this deep thankful, joyful feeling came over me—a feeling of “I’m doing exactly what I was meant to do at this moment.” It was one of those moments where I was being truly and purely myself, and it felt like a gift. I looked up towards the ceiling, as I often do in these moments, and I said “thank you.”

This moment reminded me that it is the greatest gift, honor, privilege to be able to be completely yourself, to experience and explore, play, mess around in a way that is truly unique to you. Although to call it a gift, honor, or privilege may be the wrong way to talk about it—that makes it sound like it’s not available to everyone—that it’s out of your control, when truly it is a gift you can give yourself.

I get the feeling that I’ve said this all before, because I have. But I say it again because still it is so hard sometimes to do—sometimes it feels like the scariest thing to do, but really, it’s the scariest thing not to do—to live your life without ever really soaring or singing or dancing your own dance.

I say this to you from my own life, where in addition to the joyful moments, there are plenty of scary days, days when I feel afraid to take the next step because to be true, you also have to be vulnerable. Even so, I never wonder why I am doing art and living this particular life because what I do makes me feel such fullness, especially when I just let it flow.

I think that the more people who are living their own life of wild, silly abandon, the better. Do not mistake me—someone might take my meaning to be that you must quit your life and run off to the south of France to pursue your dreams of being a fishmonger. I don’t mean that. The wild abandon happens in small ways—to live Big, you must start small—live wildly in every little possible way, especially in your mind. Little turns into big by means of addition. As I like to say about my drawings—many start with just one line and build from there. I believe you can build a whole life like that.

As I always say, take five minutes to do something that makes your heart sing. Do it today. Do it as if you life depended on it, because in truth, it does.

Happy Creative Day to you, from my heart to your heart!

5 Responses to “Some Friday Inspiration: live a life of wild, silly abandon”

  1. 1 Malea June 25, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I had the exact same type of feeling yesterday while blogging about our upcoming trip and move. :)

  2. 2 Grace June 25, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    I am inspired. Thank you!

  3. 3 Kerri June 26, 2010 at 4:18 am

    Loving the lino prints! I too get that same feeling of being perfectly in the moment. I had one on friday in fact. I was in my art room printing and I looked out the window into the paddock and I thought, “It’s the afternoon and I’m not at work, I’m making art and looking out at the misty rain falling on my land and I am very blessed.” In those moments I feel I have everything. I always say thank you too x x

  4. 4 rachel awes June 27, 2010 at 5:38 am

    oh my gosh, i finally found your blog name again!
    i’ve been trying to rack my brain & remember for a few weeks
    & just now i came across a pile of papers i was cleaning up & found an email from you! yahoooooooo! i think since you don’t have a blogspot followers option, i’ll add you as an easy (& recommended!!!) rave blog to the blog list on my blog!!
    ok, i looooove all your doing here! mighty wings ~ yes indeed!!!
    & love your moment of being you ~ pure, true, honest. loooooove that!! congrats on your museum showing ~ that’s awesome & verrrrrry winglike! a huuuuge summer dance & hug to you!xo

  5. 5 artproject2010 June 27, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I’m linking to your blog since we’ve both been bitten by the blockprinting bug. HA! I may actually have to go use that sentence now. I’m a sucker for alliterations. Great stuff, Nicole!

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Hello there! My name is Nicole K. Docimo, and I am an artist and writer from the U.S.A. but currently residing in Zurich, Switzerand. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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