"D'ja see where they found a dinosaur bigger than a blue whale? So now a blue whale isn't the largest animal in the universe anymore, but since Neil deGrasse Tyson wrecked science* I don't believe in evolution anymore." I laughed and told my brother I was going to quote him.
Sometimes I write and feel magic channeled through my fingertips. This is not one of those days. I'm struggling with universal issues and questions... people are difficult, work takes up too much of my time, what am I going to do with the rest of my life, why am I here, how much time do I have left, do I matter in the universe?
I had some near death experiences (NDEs) when I was young, Dad died, and other people I knew died. When we experience things like that we start asking those universal questions early and urgently. Time is short. Do what matters NOW.
But then, I was young. I didn't have the endurance to keep that kind of urgency all the time. Sometimes cuddling for an entire day is the best possible thing to do even if there isn't anything to show for it afterwards, but maybe those NDEs enforced my feeling that I better appreciate cuddling to the max if that's how I spend one of my numbered days.
I work around a lot of old people now. They keep commenting on how young I am, bless their hearts :) When the person commenting is 80-something with hips, knees, and heart valve replaced I suppose I do look pretty young. Which makes me feel like I better get out there and DO something because the time is running out. Climb a mountain, paint the masterpiece, write the novel, fulfill my destiny!
I don't want to spend my entire life working and thinking about work. I'm young enough to go out and do stuff... yet my life seems to point to a long record of workaholism and sloth, either/or but never balanced, and never enough $ in the bank from the profits I've given others. I want balance, but have a hard time if things aren't done "right" or well.
While trying to write something worthwhile in this post I kept thinking about the ample knowledge I'd like to share, which some people don't want to learn. Here's my artistic tip for the week... when designing something, have a reason for whatever you include in it. Don't just fill up space. When you take extra effort to do something better, people respond. For example, if you do a fall scene, don't paint tulips in the garden because they're easier than mums. Everybody will say "Gee, that's stupid. Tulips bloom in spring!" What's worse is that it'll be the first and last thing they notice about it too.
I have a lot of wisdom like that. Now somebody might be upset with me because tulips was an actual example this week (in a different context). At least I don't have a tulip-induced migraine this time :)
I had more little wooden veneer squares left over from the work project and then left over from last week's recipe boxes. Bro had a table with a wrecked top but now it's all pretty and the polyurethane is drying on it out on the back deck.