How to Make Your Boobs Wobble...
When I haven't painted in a while, my feeling of identity seems to completely abandon me!
All the while we are drowning in an avalanche of poo-filled nappies... trying to remember who we were before life got completely absorbed by a tiny, yet oh so loud human being, we don't have much time to question these things... but once our job is done and we are finally 'free' (for want of a better word), we kind of need to re-evaluate our purpose... I mean there is definitely more to life than merely popping out sprogs and as much as I love my husband and kids, I've never wanted to be defined as just 'wife and mother,' nor do I plan to be a victim of 'empty nest syndrome'... not that I have time for that with a big hairy bundle of testosterone to keep me busy... (btw, I mean the dog, not my Husband!)... Nope! We have to 'sex it up' a bit!
A feeling of self-worth is an essential ingredient for being able to walk with 'boob-wobbling confidence' (or 'moob' wobbling if you are a man)... the kind of confidence we feel when we know exactly who we are and what our purpose is. Okay, so once we've had kids, maybe our boobs don't have quite so much 'wobble' to them anymore... but still, you know what I mean.
So, just how do we get our boobs to wobble?
We have to find something we LOVE doing... Something:
a) We think about before going to sleep
b) We dream about doing at night
c) It's the first thing we think about when we wake up
So, whether that be writing, music, photography, art, fitness, gardening, cooking, travelling... whatever your thing might be, find it! And then pursue it with all of your heart! Strive to be the best at it that you can be, because I truly believe that having no focus or passion is damaging to our mental health and overall well-being.
... Wow that was deep!
But having a passion for something outside of ordinary daily life, makes us happy. And positive people, attract positive people! Without it, we unwittingly become absorbed by the negative things in life and even the trivial things can become all consuming!
Anyway, needless to say, art is my own passion... I don't watch the news, I avoid violent films... What can I say? Ignorance really is bliss and I like comedy! Period!
But, nevertheless, despite my unwillingness to 'invite' negativity in to my life, I have noticed a pattern in my mood over the years since I began painting... a pattern of ups and downs, highs and lows... I can go from being somewhere in orbit, to hurtling towards a crushing low in a matter of weeks! But my philosophical side has led me to understand just why this is...
As artists, writers, musician, or * fill in the blank * our own self-image and feeling of self-worth can be largely related to how well we think we are painting (or whatever) and how well our creations are being received. Highly egotistical really, but there it is. We are all human after all!
So, as a result of this, when I am not painting and I have nothing in progress... for example when I'm experiencing a creative block, or for some other reason I'm unable to paint for a while, I can temporarily lose my feeling of identity, causing me to feel really... well, 'blah'.
But then if we experience those low points as a result of pursuing our passions, how is that healthy?
Well, it's only possible to feel the highs, if we go through the lows... It's about balance; we need the highs to heavily outweigh the lows and when we have a passion to focus on, generally speaking we are much more positive than those who don't.
And both the highs and the lows are really important. I know it's a cliché, but think of life on a Merry-Go-Round, as apposed to life on a Roller-Coaster. Those with an ongoing enthusiasm for something live life on the Roller-Coaster, experiencing stomach-churning ups and exhausting lows... but nonetheless, we ARE experiencing. Life is unpredictable and exciting. Our boobs are wobbling.
Those without a passion however, are experiencing life on a Merry-Go-Round. Maybe their lows are not so low, but their highs are not that high either. Life is predictable and not so exciting. Their boobs are definitely not wobbling.
...Anyway, that's enough philosophy for one day... but it is an interesting subject and anyone reading this who recognises themselves as the person on the Merry-Go-Round... It is never too late to get off and try something new! I certainly can not imagine my life without painting now... It's just, who I am!
Meanwhile when I finally got back on my feet having had the flu, a new wave of inspiration came flooding in. My boobs are wobbling all over the place! Yep... I have emerged from the abyss, to the crest of the wave and I just can not WAIT to get hold of my paint brushes again! And this time I am working bigger than I have ever worked before at 3ft x 2.5ft. I'm really excited!
This photo really doesn't show the canvas to be as big as it is, but since Sherlock looks so cute, I'll show you anyway...
So watch this space!
Q. What gets your boobs (or moobs) wobbling?
(Share in the comments below!)
Week in a nutshell...
Feeling: Excited to work on a larger scale
Hairy moment: A main branch from a HUGE tree, fell on my art studio roof while I was in there! (no damage - Phew!)
Baked: Mary Berry's Carrot and Banana cake... And hurrah! It worked!
Planning: A possible exhibition in September
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