It's that time of year when everyone on the internet picks a word/theme to go with the year they are about to have. I can't live in the future and I don't like word limits. However, I do like to look back on a time and see what the recurring theme was.
For the last few days, I have been painting something symbolic of a year full of rough waters, unexpected waves, smooth seas, and distant shores. It's funny, I have many friends who are just obsessed with the fact that I can't swim. They never fail to bring it up as if I am in trouble or like I broke a rule. Yet, I am really skilled at sailing through life during hard times. See why I have been painting sailboats? Sail is my word of the year in reverse. Oh I would drown in a real ocean in a second, but my real attitude about living is a fake boat on a symbolic ocean. Keep sailing, keep going, roll with the wind.
One good thing about growing up in California is you never have to look far to see a boat or the ocean. I have many photos of young me on boats wearing untied life jackets, which cracks me up. I wonder why I was not terrifed of drowning? I knew early on that nobody would save me but myself, but still. The adult in me wants to reach back and tie that damn life jacket shut!
I think I will incorporate my boat paintings into my vision pages journal as we sail into a new year.
Note: I HATE that song Sailing by Christopher Cross. HATE IT! I hate it so much that I got irritated typing it.
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