What is keeping everyone up these days? It seems that everyone I talk to is having trouble sleeping. There is an epidemic of insomnia and I am among the many victims. Did you know that your brain actually cleans itself during sleep? This lack of sleep gives “dirty mind” a whole new meaning.
It seems there is an epidemic of people having trouble sleeping these days. For many reasons, I am one of them. So, when I painted this face (inspired by Karen O’Brien), I immediately saw myself in the morning mirror, droopy eyes and all. I went online to find some brilliant text to accompany this weary vision of myself and was blown away by just how many songs have been written about sleepless nights. Really! Google it…you won’t believe it. How is your sleep these days…uh, nights? Any good natural remedies that you can recommend? I’ll be the one replying at 3 am.
This is something I’ve come to realize. When everything is wonderful, it’s the greatest feeling in the world. This is when you float in a state of bliss which, of course, is a great feeling. There is nothing to learn here because there’s no improvement needed or wanted. This is what every human being desires. But when things are not so good, in those darkest hours of the night when sleep won’t come and you are left with your thoughts…..that is the gut check. That is when you need to pay attention because the often painful self-reflection comes and the lessons reveal themselves. Do not turn away from these moments where there is much to be learned.
I have some of the greatest friends in the world. Some I have known virtually all my life and we are still connected. Others I have collected in my twenty two moves throughout the United States. Still others, I have come to know in different countries via various groups and/or artistic endeavors. Each friend has meaning in my life and I am thankful for all of them. But those who know my deepest thoughts without my even expressing them, those who automatically know where I would stand on certain issues, those who don’t have to ask to know my answers, those are the ones I hold most dear.
Funny how no one wants to admit their age, but everyone is talking about aging! In general, I think we see ourselves as “younger” at an age where we would have thought our parents to be old. I wonder, did they feel that way too, when comparing themselves to their parents? Perhaps we are living a fantasy, in total denial about our aging bodies and minds. Or perhaps, because we know more about healthy lifestyle, we are taking better care of ourselves and, therefore, ARE actually in a younger state than our parents were. I choose to believe the latter and I also choose to be proactive in keeping myself healthy and active; mind, body and spirit.
What do YOU have to say about aging?
Last week in my Art Journaling class, we experimented with transparent paints and also adding glazing liquid to opaque paints to make them transparent. I do love how adding many layers of sheer color creates such depth in a painting. It seems the favorite paint of the day was quinacridone nickel azo gold. Something I use a lot of, and perhaps take for granted, became a new treasure in my students’ paint box. Hooray for new discoveries!
“My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to find peace with exactly who and what I am. To take pride in my thoughts, my appearance, my talents, my flaws, and to stop the incessant worrying that I can’t be loved as I am.”