Days of Melancholy Way Back When

Interesting how two different people, separated by a Degree of Bacon from a mutual acquaintance can be thinking the same thoughts.

I read two very inspiring blog entries within two days apart:

#1, by Carl
#2, by Patty

Both, for me, resonated deeply with the desire to reclaim dreams of youth and creativity. And yet as late in life as we may find ourselves, there is always time left to discover those dreams. Good grief, Hallmarkism alert!

You know, the older I get, the less sappy these thoughts become. Instead, they start taking on a more frenzied relevance. Suddenly, the dusty guitar in my closet isn’t such a pipe dream after all, but holds real potential.

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  1. The concept of synchronicity comes to mind here. Its interesting that you found this other blog article that really does mimic some of what I was saying. Then yesterday a friend of mine from New York emailed apologizing for a project the 2 of us started talking about 5 years ago that he felt he had dropped the ball on. The fact is that we both have as working on it would mean that I’d have to start practicing my drawing again which is something I haven’t done in years. I would really hope that, due to us being in our 30’s, that no one would chalk this up to mid life crisis. The fact of the matter is that I feel this way at least once a year if not much more…there are dreams that just don’t quite fade away, but the courage to overcome my own self and get motivated is sometimes hard to find. What really began this again for me this year was the New Years wish I read on the blog of my favorite author, Neil Gaiman. It reads: “May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” When I read these words it was like the heavens parted and angels sang…they really hit home. I sent this out to a bunch of people at the first of the year and it really encapsulates my heart’s desire for myself and for all of the people in my life. I would encourage you as I am encouraging myself to take the time to pursue some of your dreams/whims this year.

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