Thursday, October 4, 2012
Autumn Equinox brought with it a certain blast. It was a small inkling at first, a hesitant maybe next, and then that familiar swell of possibility overcame me. I consulted with my partner, since all things for me affect him too. And then I stood at an entryway waiting for just a second. Is this it? Am I going to do this? Can I do this? And then that blast pushed me over the threshold. No more someday, there is only now. So do it.
And so the last few days have been about laying a foundation and marking new territory. The map I'm making has been made countless times by countless parents who pursue a personal passion while navigating the day to day life of their family. I am not breaking new ground in theory. But it is new ground for us. Because just like that my focus has shifted, divided in two. I don't know if that is a good approach but my instincts did it for me. For now I'll ride it out and see how it goes. I feel like this is asking a lot of the ones around me who love and need me. But again, the journey twists and you have to follow where the universe leads.
Without a doubt this is a small step towards many years of hard work for me. What turned into a ten year hiatus from pursuing the career I studied for is daunting. I have so many fears. I look back sometimes and wonder why I wasted so many years when I could have been building an art career. But I know deep down that my current career of mothering has given me the courage to be an artist now. I did not have the courage before. Oh, I dabbled here and there, I tried a thing or two, but in the face of adversity I split. Excuses made, moving on, I'll do that when ____ happens.
Being a parent has removed that internal bubble that I retreated to. I can't find it anymore. All I am is stripped bare of excuses. I do it or I don't. I make this happen, I take my chances and roll the dice.
I feel so grateful to have this chance. To have the backing of love and support of loved ones. Learning that life is about seasons and rolling with them. Understanding that each time a challenge presents itself I have the chance to make a different choice and start again. But now I begin making choices that are about my future fulfillment and not just about the little lives that I harbour. My mothering journey is far from over, heck honestly it is never over per say. What I've done though is walk through a doorway leading to something stemming from deep within. I dream as big as the one I'm already living with my boys. And having two big dreams co-existing never seemed doable until this moment. And I'm going with it.