And I mean “Garbage Post” in the sense that this is going to cover little of everything. You know, like how a garbage pizza has every topping under the sun on it. I guess I just have a lot on my mind at this very moment, and it’s all about to spill.
Firstly, road trips. I do not want to offend anyone here (not that I actually have readers… yet), but I do not understand people who have no desire to travel and see the world. I get the comforts of being at home and sleeping in your own bed and using your own shower. But there is just so much to see. How can you appreciate and understand other people if you have only met the people in your own town? For example, I spent last weekend in a teeny tiny town in Minnesota visiting a friend. I have never been to Minnesota. I also realized that I had never truly been to a small town. People waved at each other from cars. They knew the mail woman’s name. And her daughter’s name. They had those Minnesota accents. And they honestly were the nicest people I have ever met in my entire life; and they all were nice by default. Accepting and generous and kind… it was almost overwhelming. It really reignited that feeling of wanderlust in a huge way. I want to see places like that, talk to people like that, that are different. Beautiful.
There is a map on the United States on the wall in my studio. On that map is a highlighted route of my ultimate road trip, a circular route that covers I believe 43 states and would take about two months to complete ideally. When I created that route (back in October I believe), I had a departure date in mind. That date is not going to happen. But that trip will happen. Sooner than later.
Secondly, inspiration. Lately I have been obsessed with following other artist’s blogs, especially the ones who make art for a living. Their message is all clear, “We all need to do more of what we love.” Why settle for less? I’ve found that surrounding myself with the inspiration of others really helps me to stay focused on what I want to do. A few of the artists and pieces and random beautiful things I have been inspired by lately…