December 5, 2011

Breathe in … exhale…

The dimly lighted room is starting to become clearer in my mind. It is still empty … but no longer scary or as daunting.

Today I went to go see the new Muppet Movie…and what happen I have few words to explain. As an adult I view the Muppets different than I did as a child. But in both time frames they were/are my heroes.  Who really goes to a kid’s movie to cry…? Well, it seems that I did.

So all of my past entries have been what I am doing now and what I plan on doing in the future. I rarely look back at my past. Partly because I want to be able to move forward and partly I don’t want to be reminded of my past.  Some of it is wonderful … some not so much. I think we can all relate to that.

But watching the movie today I was reminded of how much the Muppets helped me get through my earlier years. They were cute and made me laugh and entertained me, but on a deeper level they helped me know that I would be ok when I grew up… that at some point we are all misfits and we each have our inner voice to follow, our own drum to pound. You get the idea.  They taught me that even if you had a big purple nose, or had a funny laugh, or that you told silly jokes that were cheesy and not funny… you were still ok.  The Muppets never made fun of each other they were never mean to each other… they were always equal to each other. It gave me a safe place to vanish into on Saturday nights. Knowing that everything was going to be ok even if my world seem turned upside down and scary.

Here 20 some years later I sit in a theater and they remind me again that everything is still ok. That we are all different and because of that it makes the world a wonderful place and even though I do not have all the answers… That I can be who I want to be, explore the thoughts that cross my mind. Create the ideas that help form my artwork that feels natural and true to me. To be able to do this and not worry what people think or say. I know that it will be fine and the empty room is just a new beginning of things to come.

Sometimes even thought we think we may have figured out who we are …it is always good to be reminded. Muppet or Human you need to live a life that is authentic to you… never forget who you are

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