I’ve been thinking a lot about attitude this week. Now that I am beginning to age a bit, my wants have changed significantly. I’ve been watching the posts from the paint outs I used to do each year. For a moment, there is a twinge of regret that I gave up that part of my career, but only for a moment. My decisions are reinforced as being the right ones. I don’t really want to do that anymore and I know I was right.
I think it is so important to leave stages and to move on with no regret. The idea that we should be inflexible and do things the way we have always done them, without thought and consideration is very wrong. I should have learned to accept changes as new opportunities long ago. I am a bit naive in that way.
I have learned to ask myself, “am I really comfortable with this or have I outgrown it?” In the case of having been forced to make changes, have I learned to adapt and move forward with new ideas, or have I wasted valuable time longing for what no longer exists as an opportunity? Alas, I have made those mistakes more than once.
I am learning though, to become more flexible and more able to adapt to change and limitations. In fact, I am having a swell time of life now, content in my lovely Country Studio, hosting tea parties, teaching once a month here, and studying the arcane world of putting paint to canvas. I love walking on my trail and enjoying the beautiful rural land I’m lucky to be owned by. I hear the birds outside as I slouch in my studio chair after finishing this painting.
Country painters have a wonderful life.......
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