Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The Beauty of Blank ...
"CASH ARNOLD CARUTHERS, 10WKS YOUNG"
Before I start typing this space is blank. Pure white, untouched, with endless possibilities as to what will transpire on this "page." A blank blog post, a blank canvas, a new born baby ... they all have one phenomenally exhilarating thing in common ... the idea of nothing. No mistakes have been made, no commitments broken, no direction chosen. I love the blank beginning of things ... travels, relationships, jobs, days.
There is so much wonder and excitement when every option is a distinct possibility. About 8 minutes ago, this blog could have been about traveling to Peru to experience an ancient Shaman ceremony or a list of 10 free things you can do to make daily life MUCH BETTER. We enter the world as pure consciousness ... unscathed by any human inflicted thoughts, rules, emotions, or regulations. We don't pop out of the womb wondering why we're naked or where our hair is. We just are for awhile. A very short while until we begin to be written upon, painted on, molded into the egoic "me" we will become.
Now, I've written about this before, but I'll write about it again, and maybe again because it is a question that's ongoing in so many of our lives. As young people, we are still hopeful, ambitious, spirited and some of us REALLY believe we can and will lead the life we imagine. Nothing is certain, we can do everything!!! As we age sooooo many of us get stuck in intense, grinding obligations: Earning money, caring for a family, running errands! Seriously ... how many of us at 18 think, "Well I plan to spend 40% of this life doing mundane things that have no real meaning to me," a.k.a errands. We don't think like that when we're young and still somewhat blank.
When a painter starts a canvas and hates it, they trash it or paint over it and begin again. When a blogger dislikes their post, they delete it. When a writer wants to take the story in a new direction, they do just that. Paintings, blogs and books are easier to change than lives ... yes ... but we can learn so much from how we treat our blogs, canvases, lyrics, scripts. When we don't like what we've made we scrap it. Isn't your life AS IMPORTANT, NO MORE IMPORTANT than any canvas? If you are miserable 5 days a week because of your job, or 365 days a year because of a bad relationship you're in, scrap it!!!!!!!! Why don't we do this? Why are there millions of people roaming the earth like drones, too scared and docile to wake the $@*&^((@@**!? up and say WHAT AM I DOING HERE? WHAT DO I REALLY WANT TO DO? TODAY, RIGHT NOW AND WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF I BAILED ON MY LIFE AS IT IS AND CHANGED? Change ... people hate it, but shocker ... nothing ever changes without change.
So, I am challenging you to GET OUT OF YOUR ROUTINE RUT and do something different today. DO SOMETHING YOU HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT YOU DEFINITELY WOULD DO IN THIS LIFETIME. It can be huge ... like join the peace corps ... or small like buy a pink cruiser bike and ride through town in a violet bikini. Just do something that makes you think, yes, this is MY life! No, I am not stuck without choices and I am REALLY living. This week I drastically changed my eating habits. A 5 day cleanse of fruits, veggies, whole grains, tofu, tea, no sugar, no coffee, NO WINE!!! Day 3 ... I feel more alive, grumpy, but juicy too. Make change a habit ... it'll change your life.
With Gratitude for Change and Blank Blogs