If you’re reading this, you have inadvertently signed up for a field trip. Let’s go!
At first all you hear is the sound of tires screeching, as you jolt into consciousness. Your eyelids remain tightly shut, fighting against the overbearing sunlight flooding in through the passenger-side window. It takes you several seconds to realize that the car has stopped, and that I am yelling at you to get out of the car. “Run!” I admonish you, “we’ve got to get to the finish line!” It’s all coming back to you now; I’ve signed us up on the Amazing Race!!! You gather your barrings and join me in a sprint. After a while, the chase leaves our lungs starved for oxygen and our feet begging to be amputated. We carry on. That’s how important it is to us that we reach our goal. We have a single-minded determination to persist past pain and every obstacle. Our brains focus on our most immediate need, oxygen. In order to keep moving forward, we need a constant supply of fresh oxygen to every muscle in motion. We control our breathing to keep us calm and to keep us moving forward.
Field trip over! Oh, but you’re wondering about the finish line, aren’t you? Just so you know, it was never about the finish line. That whole trip was a ruse. I was using you; I’m sorry. It was all a metaphor. Let me explain.
If you’ve been following along, you know that I am chasing after my dreams, and that I am finally recognizing the obstacles that have hindered my pursuit. Chasing dreams sounds romantic, doesn’t it? The imagery it stirs up, of a cops-n-robbers type caper however, is misleading. It’s not as simple as running as fast as you can, and it is not as stable as finally catching your target and locking it away. Following our dreams is a dogged pursuit of a target which masterfully escapes its confines each evening. Chasing misrepresents what creative people actually do to become a professional. Pursuing our dreams actually requires more measured steps; following our dreams is therefore a daily practice. Constantly stepping towards our dreams sounds less romantic, but it gives us a far more accurate description of what to expect.
I started this blog as a challenge. A wise and creative soul told me that it was time to share my passions with the world, and that perhaps the way to begin was by blogging. Having a blog is not the finish line though (remember, it was never about the finish line). It’s about learning all the skills and completing the work that move me toward the finish line. It started with a challenge, so it naturally makes since to continue that practice.
Each week I will seek and complete an exercise, which I endearingly refer to as “Brything Exercises”, that allow me to grow as a creative artist, share my passions, and promote my work. Each challenge is designed to move me forward in the direction of my dreams.
Remember that field trip, from the beginning of this post? That’s not the only one you signed up for. I am inviting you to tag along with me on all my adventures. As you share in my experiences, you are welcome to share your own and/or suggest additional challenges I should do. Let’s go!