Friday, August 20, 2010

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...) emoticon

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.

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    Very cool Vision Collage. I can totally relate to the joy of making one and feeling like a kid again. I can also relate to not wanting to miss out on anything by living an unlived life. The words unlived life were a milestone for me I think the book that they were in was by Dawn Markovoy??? maybe she is an amazing woman works with Mary Jane Ryan who was a coach of mine for a short time (couldn't afford her for to long LOL) but well worth the investment.

    You are doing great!!!!!!!! I KNOW just how amazing you are!!!!!!!!!!! Work on knowing that more yourself:)


    Linda emoticon emoticon

    ok I looked it up

    I Will Not Die an Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion [Paperback]
    Dawna Markova
    Dawna Markova (Author)
    › Visit Amazon's Dawna Markova Page

    3744 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/24/2010 8:26:15 PM
    What a beautiful post - so thoughtful and moving. I share with you that feeling of sadness for a youth not enjoyed to its fullest. Let's hope the wisdom we've gained helps us "live the width as well."
    3746 days ago
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    hey this is cool. i want to make one too!
    3748 days ago
    Awesome job! I can see how it was motivating just searching for the right pictures/words to include on your collage!
    3748 days ago
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