"The soul is the truth of who we are."
Marianne Williamson

Thursday, March 22, 2012

IF THE SHOE FITS............WEAR IT.............




Have any of you ever wondered if you were leading the life you were meant to live?

As I have grown both in age and wisdom (I hope)....I have found myself pondering the above question.

My life has taken a somewhat ordinary path during my early years...Some college...get married...have kids....work in the corporate world.
Get divorced...continue working in the corporate world to help support my family.  Remarried........finally finished college.
Kids raised....kids left home.....now I'm retired...
Thus the reason for this post.....many many years ago an astrologer told me I should be in some kind of artistic endeavor.......I put that aside realizing that I needed to make a living for my family.


Now......many, many years later....I realize that I really wish I would have changed direction at her bidding.

I don't know that I will ever attempt to make a  few dollars from my creativity....but I do know one thing......It brings me SO MUCH JOY......It lets me be me....no matter how quirky the project or how much color is involved or how much junk I make over....it is just plain FUN....
I want to close with one of my favorite quotes....."Don't wake up at the end of your life realizing you have lived someone else's."


Hugs,

Jo

14 comments:

  1. Hi Jo... it's never too late to follow your dreams... love your quote at the end of your post... I have gone through many of the same things you have, and I think nowadays I am right where I am supposed to be, and loving every minute of it!... Happy Spring!... xoxo Julie Marie

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  2. J0- Isn't that quote the truth? I do think you have a real artistic bent and it comes through in a lot of things you show us here. xo Diana

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  3. It's never too late. Women in their 80's are getting college degrees. It's a brand new world out there. Follow your dreams, my friend.
    Mary

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  4. I love your little shoe family Jo. Will you be hanging that on the wall? I think everyone that has an imagination is creative and artistic. It is so nice that you are following your dreams. Enjoy!

    xo,
    Danielle

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  5. Danielle.......as a matter of fact....I will be hanging it on a wall. Can't decide if I want it to be just a funky piece of art or a rack for hanging towels from in one of my bathrooms.

    Jo

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  6. what a beautiful quote, I think we all have questions as to whether we made the right choices and i suppose they were the right ones for the time they were made, its really easy to second guess ourselves years later, sounds to me you have led a very full life, and the one thing that stands out most prominently is your love of family, to find joy in your creativity now is a blessing for you and for us as well,

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  7. Thoreau said "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." Sometimes it just comes later in life...and I was like you...you do the things that are expected of you instead of taking that other road...I always wondered what would have happen if I had gone to Greenwich Village like I wanted to...

    I am getting more into my art now,,,I look at raising my family a form of art...I guess it is how we define the term....now it is your time to create the art differently and in the way you want......I just wish I just had the energy of my youth..LOL

    Great post and love the quote !! ;)

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  8. No point playing the "woulda, coulda, shoulda" game -- all it leads to is heartache and second-guessing. Enjoy your art now at this stage of your life. You did what you had to do at earlier stages. It's all good.

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  9. "It's never too late to be what you might have been." George Eliot

    Enjoy your new opportunities to pursue your dreams! (Love the shoe forms!)

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  10. Yes, I agree with the other comments: enjoy your artistic abilities now! You have the time to be creative, so do it!

    Enjoy the weekend, Jo

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  11. when i was 17 i worked in a shoe factory...those shoe forms make me cringe...i came from a very poor background...married, had kids, divorced...remarried same guy twice...divorced again...finally found the right one~ long story short~ got it in my head that i wanted to finish something...got a GED, went to college, graduated when i was 40. then i wanted to expand my repitoire again...learned to drive a school bus when i was 50 :D...the most eventful (far out) thing i did when i turned 60 was go to an Adam Lambert Concert....and loved it!!!
    you go girl :D
    ~victoria~

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  12. That's one of the beautiful things about being "older" - it's no longer all about family obligations or trying to live up to other's expectations (or limitations, usually!)...we can finally listen to that inner voice that gets drowned out early in life.

    I'm grateful for all aspects of my life, but right now I'm able to focus on me, and it feels great. :)

    Rock it!

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  13. I wish I had started my creative life much earlier than I did but boy am I enjoying it now!

    Love,
    LuLu~*xoxo

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  14. Your are obviously in your best creative stage right now. Enjoy it with all your heart.

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