Three Arbitrary Paintings

In my opinion, there are few things better than the feeling of dried paint on your hands. That rustic, expressed, “I did something fun” feeling is pretty awesome…especially when you are stressed beyond words.

So, today was my last day of classes. My first last day of college—that’s cool, I guess. I mean, yeah I still have finals next week, but if it isn’t obvious…I really just don’t want to think about that right now. Instead, I’m going to paint. I’m going to blog. I’m going to read a bit. I’m going to enjoy the rest of my night not being stressed out…or at least try.

Here’s what I’ve done:

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Three arbitrary paintings with no meaning (well, Freud would disagree—I’m sure there is some subconscious interpretation that I’m not aware of, but that’s a different story).

Honestly, I have other things to be doing right now, but I decided to live a little.

I think there are moments in life where you just have to live a little—when else would you enjoy life? When else would I have created these three master pieces (jk…but hey, I like them and I’m putting them on my wall)…

In all seriousness, I watched Shawshank Redemption for the first time last week. One of the most famous quotes in that movie is when Brooks describes life outside of prison…

The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry.” Wow, isn’t that so true?

I think about this all the time.  I am always preparing for something. I’m always onto the next thing, thinking about the next moment. But when do I ever really get to be in the present? I highly doubt the meaning of life is a game of anticipation…

This really brings me back to the practice of Mindfulness—being aware of your emotions and actions in the present. I feel like we aren’t really living if we just follow the motions. Muscle memory is pretty awesome, but maybe it would be nice to truly be aware of my actions and think about my life presently. Doesn’t that sound so much more calming?

While painting, I felt like I just entered a completely different world. While this isn’t a traditional act of meditation, it was a short amount of time in which I focused on the colors and the brush strokes…rather than all the exams I have next week, and the data collection tomorrow morning. I could really just be somewhere, not thinking about the million things I have to do, in the present. It was really nice.

If you’re reading this, I’d like to encourage you to slow down a bit. Give yourself a break—you got a lot finished today. Take a moment and breathe in all that you have right now. Breathe in every sense of earth that is presently in front of you and then breathe out. And repeat. Think of all the things you have right now, and just sit in bliss for a second. It feels pretty good.

Thanks for reading,


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