During my time on this planet, I have travelled many paths and achieved lots of diverse goals…I have taught, ran a music pub, been a scientist, ran one of a chain of stores and now I am a glass artist. I have been searching for that ultimate place within myself – not a job but a place where work and life, me and what I do, come together as an expression of who I am. I won’t call it ‘finding myself’ because we are all constantly evolving as we experience new things and incorporate those new things into our mind and settle them in amongst our existing memories and experiences, causing a slight shift in how we view and react and think.
Melting glass is a lot like meditation. You lose yourself in the creating, concentrating until the glass is your only focus, your breathing slows, everything else fades into the background and becomes almost inconsequential. Melting glass helped to heal me when I was lost and bereaved and it keeps away those insidious worries that quietly invade your peace, like a sneaky virus that tries to erode feelings of happiness and well-being…you know, money, family, life!
Melting glass is an expression of myself, my feminine power, my strength, the arty stuff that has been locked away in my head since age 11. It has freed me in lots of ways. Allowed me to quietly think and explore the human condition. My condition and those around me. It has helped me value my family and friends even more and has given me access to people I wouldn’t have met if I didn’t create glassy goodies.
It seems like I have lived many lives and I have reinvented myself countless times, each serving it’s purpose until it’s purpose is done. I feel excited by the reinventions to come! At the moment, my ‘self’ is about bright colours, dancing and joy and I am revelling, hugging myself at my good fortune – a job that’s so fulfilling that I’ll never have to work again, family who I adore, each and every one; friends, always there, stalwart, supportive and beautiful.
I feel blessed now more than ever. I may not be rich in today’s monetary measure, but I have treasure beyond counting and peace of mind…at last.
Remember what’s important. Be still awhile and listen to what’s inside. Reach out, celebrate, throw your arms in the air and dance!! 😀 Thank you all for being part of my journey 😀