“I am still every age that I have been.
Because I was once a child, I am always a child.
Because I was once a searching adolescent, given to moods and ecstasies, these are still part of me, and always will be.
This does not mean that I ought to be trapped or enclosed in any of these ages
the delayed adolescent, the childish adult,
but that they are in me to be drawn on;
to forget is a form of suicide."
I absolutely adore this quote from the brilliant Madeleine L"Engle, especially as I get older. I love to dig deep in to the wells of my memory and pull up an idea for an illustration or a collage.
When I go in to my “Happy Bubble” - which is what I call my art studio -- and pull out paints or colored paper or water color crayons, I get lost in the textures of matte medium , stamps and glue. Time stands still, and I am so in my zone, I need a streetlight to turn on so I know what time to come home. It is that terrific.
I even have a broken clock that says Art Time. It's hand is frozen at 7:00 -- it doesn't matter am or p.m. When people come in to my studio, I usually do not hear them -- my family has learned to whistle upon approach.
I am the child in kindergarten hoping to get the black crayon for outlining and shadowing, the little girl with an art table in my bedroom listening to Motown, the anxious teenager drawing murals on my walls . I am the young mother drawing murals on my children's walls and making cards and now I am the crone gathering ideas and art journaling and making my own art to spread in the world.
Each phase of my life, even though I am a certain age, I am ageless in my art.
What makes you ageless?
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
I love to laugh!
I find its best with friends.
I mean the crazy, throw-your-head-back-and-cry-you-have-to-hold-your-stomach-because-it-hurts-so-much-and-you-can-hardly breathe kind of laugh.
The kind of laugh that you cannot stop, it goes on wayyyyy tooooo long, and then starts up again by others that are laughing with you.
The kind that makes you gasp for air and delights your soul.
It is a rare semi-hysterical laugh.
Best done when your armor is taken off, amongst dear friends or family members.
Oh! And the health benefits!
lower your blood pressure
reduce your stress hormones
gives your abs a fun workout
improve your heart health
increase your immunity
When is the last time you had an awesome laugh? What were you laughing about?
Mary Pressel Cline