For me, Spring is about releasing. Releasing the shoulds. Today I sat and wrote down a bunch: I should be adored. I should be perfect. I should be accepted. I should be popular. I should say the right thing so I don't hurt feelings. And then I burned each one, lit the corner of the paper on a candle and dropped it in a fireproof bowl. And I love the smell of a fire.
Those shoulds... Several years ago, those shoulds ruled me (less so now, but still there lingering). I think that's why it took me so long to follow that creative call. I had too many shoulds. But then, I got to the point where I thought I HAVE TO DO THIS, or DIE. And that THIS was learn how to quilt. That's dramatic, but it was something inside of me that was waiting to be born. And when I finally took the plunge, it changed my life. Come to think of it, the same thing happened with learning the guitar. I got it as a gift in 1999, and then after staring at it for 8 years, I decided to commit to lessons at the age of 37 when most people falsely believe they're too old to learn something like an instrument. Well, screw that, 'cause that's not true. But yet again, so thankful for taking that risk, the guitar had also changed my life. When I finally made the decision to learn, I got this buzz from the inside, every cell buzzed at my first lesson, and to this day, it still impacts me, learning the guitar, learning to quilt, these gifts transformed me forever.
Also, did you know that an octopus has a decentralized brain? To think that their brains are in every cell blows my mind. It got me to thinking that our own creativity and intelligence work that way too. Intelligence and creative sparks are literally everywhere and in all things, in the daffodil, the smell of a fuschia hyacinth, in the raindrops that nourish the seeds that grow food to feed our bodies and flowers and trees to feed and take care of our souls. It's everywhere and ready to be plucked for your joy.
Are you ready to follow that thread of curiosity to learn something new? Because I am ready for you! It's been several months, but when it's time, it's time, so...
Classes are up! It's been so long that I've had humans learning fun things in my makerspace. She's calling to us, the magical makerspace. For your delight, I posted classes for May: Quilting, sewing, music, songwriting, and more to come! Please let me know if you have an idea for a class.
And friends in and around Denver, I'm calling for teachers out there! Who wants to teach a class? Reach out to me firstname.lastname@example.orgXOXOXO your loving craft octopus,