and now, my friend, you must give me your complete attention.
It is simply this: do not tire, never lose interest,
never grow indifferent — lose your invaluable curiosity
and you let yourself die. It’s as simple as that. No?”
Not fair. I have less than 8 minutes to type to you in this moment. It took me fifteen minutes to download a slew of photos and am running late late late — but I was reading in Fair Play this morning and so wanted to share this with you all.
The key to life, as it were.
Walking the dogs this morning, I was on the phone with Tara. The inevitable question we ask each other hundreds of times a day, “how are you?” And the answer is, right now— fucking awesome.
So so so happy. So happy. Not sure if I wrote this a couple weeks ago or not, I think I did but I have no time to go back and check so sorry if it is a repeat — but oh my god, there was a Wednesday in January that was hands-down one of the best days of my life.
I didn’t win an Academy Award, wasn’t my wedding day, or having a baby or winning the lottery or anything of the BIG things we associate with joy. Nope. It was from the minute I woke up to the moment I was lying down in bed with a smile I could not quit — in the dark, people– just there freaking smiling in the dark because I was so happy and my life felt so good.
And it was just a day. One day. Totally ordinary in so many respects– and yet, as I reflected on it WHY was it so good — why did it feel so good? The answer was simply that I have carved out a life where what I see, what I touch, eat, — who I connect with, where I walk, what I do– all of it, each bit of it . . . I love.
All those tiny pieces of the color and texture of objects and fabrics in my home — my friends, my shoes, my thoughts— it all adds up to one big JOY.
And, I see more than ever why I am drawn to surround myself with artists — their curiosity. They are interested and noticing and drawn to the unusual.
Okay two minutes running through the hour glass here.
Shari did the MOST FABULOUS series of blog posts in January — people sharing favorite reads that got me reading all sorts of books I didn’t even know about. One in particular, Fair Play — about two Finnish artists just living their life— has fed my soul in such deep, important ways.
I am so grateful.And? Out of time.
LAST day of January, people!!
First day of the Chinese New Year — bring on the Year of the Horse– may it be wild and free.