I’m sitting here late on Sunday night reflecting on all that has been this week, all that is important & all that has put a smile on my face. I will share some photos of these reflections throughout this post.
I’ve learned loads this week in my e-course with Kelly Rae Roberts, I’ve gained some valued feedback on my illustrations and line of cards, I’ve been inspired by wonderful, open-hearted new projects, I’ve played in the dirt outside, danced in the glorious sunshine, laughed and been silly with my boys, made much mess in the kitchen; but with tasty outcomes and I’ve enjoyed some freedom and time to paint. But what keeps popping into the forefront of my mind is friendship & the paths we choose to follow in life.
What is our definitition of friendship? And what is it about friendship that is so special? Is friendship an exchange, the give and take between two people, shared experiences and shared exchanges, a gift? How do friends inspire us and we them, how do friendships grow, shift, evolve, disolve, and sometimes grow into something more, love? What is the definition and boundaries of love in friendship? Who are the friends we walk through life with, side by side with ease and grace, and how do we define those who don’t last the distance? There’s also surprising reconnections, rekindled friendships, re-ignition of togetherness and shared experiences. How is today’s time, place, technology and environment changing the dynamic of friendships? How do we grow through this journey and experience of friendship?
I once thought I knew all there was to know about friendship and most importantly how to be a great friend and hold onto those I treasured and held close to my heart. I didn’t though, I was assuming too much. I can’t possibly ever know all there is to know about friendship. It’s always going to evolve, shift and change with each decision I make. I have to adapt also. The paths we choose to follow will always offer us knew friends, ones to inspire, ones to hold close, ones to share particular adventures with, ones to embrace openly, sharing our deepest fears, our most outrageous dreams and most sacred secrets.
Friends are a journey; a journey of learning, evolving and growing. My evolved understanding of friendship is not that disimilar to my journey through life. I once thought I knew what I wanted in life, where I wanted life to go, and who I wanted to be. I wanted to be an Architect, I wanted to be a career woman, I wanted to be married, a mum and starting a family by the time I was 30, I wanted a designer home, two kids; a boy and a girl, to travel the world, to excercise daily and have the perfect work / life / family / friends balance. Wants, lots of wants, but also too many assumptions of what I thought I knew my life to be and what I thought I could have. I was wrong.
As I get older and experience more I’ve come to understand so much more; that life is to be enjoyed, respected, treasured, not taken for granted, it’s sacred. Life if valuable and life is short. It should be enabled, allowing us to be lead in, out and beyond, exploring and experiencing every little moment and emotion. There is no right or wrong. Life is a journey and there to be explored. I now understand that life will move and flow in many different directions and I allow my heart to remain open so I can hear my that inner voice to guide me through it. I want to learn, live freely, evolve, grow and inspire…