My (First) Vision Collage
First, let me say how much fun I had creating this work of art. I felt like I was kid working on my project for school -- brought back some fun memories...and powerfully reminded me how much I truly love to create. Not only did I have a grand old time cutting and pasting and browsing through magazines with my cat laying where else but directly on top of my collage, but I noticed some twinges of "I don't know what" rumbling around inside -- sadness maybe? Yep, that resonates. Sad because I really felt how much life I missed because of being an overweight, under-confident, way too over-protected, smart but head always looking down kid who never really trusted herself to take risks. Sad because even though I lost 45 pounds 7 or 8 years ago (& recently gained about 9 of it back), I'm still that same little kid inside -- only now I'm a grown-up and little kid stuff doesn't work anymore. A few heavy sighs...
Moving forward...I also felt empowered by being drawn to hopeful, strong, substantive words, pictures and quotes that I don't believe I ever would have included in any kind of self-description before this moment.
My favorite quotation (it's right near the photo of the swimmer gliding thru the water -- kind of blurred in the photo): "I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width as well." (Diane Ackerman) That's powerful, isn't it?
My favorite adjectives: fun-loving, beautiful inside and out, made for play, guided (who? me?)
My favorite pics: a colorful gathering of friends smiling, eating, and enjoying the moment (I want experiences like that to be a regular part of me), the photo of a woman (on the top) with her head thrown back in total joy (don't have that feeling often enough -- want it more!), two hands gently yet strongly holding on to each other (to know and be part of a connection like that...isn't that what it's all about? Something for which I yearn...I'll find it one day...)
My favorite goals (I reserve the right to add as many as come forth b/c I know they will!) : Living my Best Life, a strong healthy body nourished by wonderful food, and traveling (for me, half the joy and excitement of travel is to share it with someone that I just haven't found...yet)
Thanks, SparkPeople and new SparkFriends for inspiring me ... truly, you do. I am reminded of the necessity of community, connection, companionship, consistency, creativity and courage every time I look at this fantabulous creation that came from within me.