For my previous posts, I've always written about my inspiration from an artist or a specific song. This time is a little different.
I know it has been a while since my last post, but here I am, back with a vengeance. I have been doing a lot of mental and emotional work on my journey to self-acceptance and generally being a better human being. I have thrown myself back into my art and let me tell you, Reader, it has been amazing.
I was hanging out at the local Starbucks today, working on a knitted t-shirt bag (yes, pics to follow) that I learned how to make from a fellow Maker in the Alamance County Makers Guild. Sitting at the table next to mine outside was a young woman playing guitar. She had a friend with her, and they would occasionally sing. The ambient music with lovely voices intertwined overtop was incredibly inspiring. I let my hands knit and my mind and heart got the chance to wander among the drifting notes. I couldn't make out the words half the time, but it didn't matter. Those women were putting their souls out there in their music. It was the most peaceful I think I have been able to be in quite a while. Just thinking back on it brings me a moment or two of peace and that timeless feeling that makes true memories.
It is because of this experience that I write today, dear Reader. I want to offer a piece of advice: Find the chance to listen to some live music, especially outside. Even if you can't find some live music, try listening to any kind of music and feel the breath of the world on your face (that means sit outside, for those of you who aren't riding the same inspirational high that I am). Just breathe. If your thoughts race, let them fly away in the wind. Let them pass through your mind, recognize them, and let them keep on going, right out into the air. Don't hold onto them. Don't worry about them. Let them be and let them go. In that moment, be free.
Thank you, Reader...and thank you to those women creating sweet music today.