But She Had Wings

Since I have recently quit my day job, one that sucked every bit of creative life out of me, I have been rediscovering the highs and lows of the life of a freelance artist. For the past month I have restructured my daily schedule, tightened my budget, formed my business and social marketing plans and reclaimed my painting space at home. While these things were important and necessary, they did not do for me what one hour at the easel has done for me today. Because today I remembered who I am. With each stroke of brush on canvas I remembered why I get up every day. I am sure this sounds dramatic and let me assure you. It is!

My transformation began this morning when I shared an inspirational quote by Dean Jackson that got me thinking about art, life and the human spirit. Yes. Big thoughts indeed! Here’s the quote.

“When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she had always been. But she had wings.”
– Dean Jackson

This caught my attention at first because I raise butterflies, have a butterfly garden and they are often my artistic subjects. But I have thought about this quote all day along with a few posts by some of my artist friends online. I added this comment about this quote.

“Once transformed you can never go back, so spread your wings and fly. Leave those behind who want you to remain unchanged and cannot see the beauty you have become!”

Appropriate for my situation since I have spent three years being kept in a box that made everyone around me comfortable and made me miserable. By quitting my job I not only found my wings, but I found my freedom. Freedom to succeed or fail. (I choose to succeed.) Freedom to express myself. Freedom to lose myself during the act of creation. Freedom to be who I really am.

That is why I dramatically changed today. Today I pushed through the walls of my chrysalis and stretched my wings to fly. I flew out of my box, never to be the same again no matter what those around me want.

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