Today’s post is short. Part of that has to do with the fact that I’ve been a day behind this whole week and have barely managed to get anything done, but most of it has to do with the fact that the message I have to share today is a short one.
Today my son and I went to Costco. Going to Costco is one of my least favorite things to do. The parking is horrible and the lines are always long. I have a really bad attitude about Costco. Today, however, was different, and I didn’t realize until I was halfway through standing in a super long line. I noticed because I was standing in a long line and was thoroughly enjoying myself. Through the whole trip my son and I laughed and joked. We played games and sang little dumb songs. There were no expectations that the Costco run was high on our list of things we wanted to do, but we were there and we just dealt with it and enjoyed.
There is a lesson here for all aspects of our life about being present and accepting, but it is especially relevant to our artistic journey. Most moments on our journey are those of waiting or doing something that may not be our favorite thing. Whether it’s waiting for yourturn to come as far as your “big break” or painstakingly working on minute aspects of your skill so your skill will one day match your vision. Whatever the case, there is a lot of “work” involved in the creative process that can be kind of lame and hard. It has to be done, though, and in the end you’ll get closer to your end game (or in the case of Costco, closer to Neopolitan Pizza night with Buffalo Mozerella), right? Of course it’s right! This isn’t news. We all know we have to wade through a lot to get to those moments where we love everything we’re doing, or those moments of success, but let’s reignite our effort to find joy in the journey, even when you’re just waiting, or wading through a sea of minutia…just accept it and give yourself permission to enjoy it anyway. Your big day will come, but for now, try and make up a silly rhyming song to rhyme as many things with bum as you can (if you’re at Costco with a 2 year old), or think of all the ways in which you are in that moment with your art (even if you’re hardly doing anything) living a beautiful and creative life.
Amanda Voelker is a fine art and lifestyle photographer. With her children and light as her inspiration, Amanda finds beauty in the everyday. She strives to capture the subtleties of human emotion and connection in a beautiful way that showcases both the moment and a piece of her self. Amanda is also the Co Creator and Editor in Chief of “The Long Way Home” Magazine and instructor at "The Bloom Forum"