“You are not meant for crawling, so don't. You have wings. Learn to use them, and fly.”
~ Mevlana Jelalu'ddin Rumi, 13th century
This image pleases me greatly. At first I didn't know why. I've printed and framed it and have looked at it often. Finally it dawned on me that what I was seeing were my ” wings “. This was one of the last images I'd made for an exhibition I'd entitled “Kaleidoscope”. It was a body of work that was so joyful to create, print and frame. In the process I finally recognised that I had, at last, given myself permission to please no one but myself. I was beginning to learn to forget about what other people saw as impressive, great, or beyond the limits of what they thought I could achieve. I had begun to focus on what I really wanted to do and had the potential for.
If I am too eager to please others and 'fit in' with public expectations, then I'll never discover what a situation might actually yield. I'm playing with ideas – pushing them to their extremes sometimes; going a little further to see what's possible.
I have been given some advice – ” Cultivate curiosity and fascination. Don't divert time or energy desperately 'believing in yourself', because your focus is not on you, anyway. Forget about the end results and focus on the actual doing of what it is that intrigues you. ”
You know what your wings are? Your unique manoeuvring-skill through life? It’s right there within me. I'm the only one who can find out first-hand. Even if someone else could see that beautiful thing inside of me, I still need to fetch it myself. I possess my own soul, mind, and body. No one else can reach in and pull anything out of me.
I will attain my own wings.