"You can't know how your life is going to turn out until you're living it"
- Khaki, Dear Carolina
Kristy Woodson Harvey's character Khaki in Dear Carolina has it right - your path in life isn't revealed to you, really, until you're walking down it. Would 18-year old me recognize the life I'm living? Is it what she imagined? All I know is that as long as I could remember, I've loved to paint, and to be doing it every day now makes me feel pretty lucky. It was a bit of a curvy, non linear path, true, but I wouldn't trade a step I took to get here. Even the corporate years - I needed that time at Starbucks and Nordstrom to learn and prepare for the work I'm doing now. Designing a creative, self-directed livelihood hasn't been easy, it took 20 years, but most every step has been lovely, even when my feet hurt.
I'm inspired, though, by so many of the younger women I'm meeting now who don't worry so much about how to build a creative life - they just start living theirs. Like darling Katie Mitchell (pictured here) who lives in Paris, travels the world, and creates joy for her customers, and a living for herself, through her brilliant photography. No stops for her in an entry-level office job, she's part of a new, entrepreneurial creative class who aren't so worried about traditional career paths.
To me, though, it's not about the path as much as enjoying your time in the garden - even when you're not sure if you are wandering in the right direction.
What about you? Would your 18-year-old self be surprised by the life you are living now? Did you always have a destination in mind?
Do you feel like you've arrived on your path, or have you always been walking down it?
This post is part of our international blog party, By Invitation Only and will be the last gathering until the fall. Please take a minute to pop by and say hi to the rest of the gang, see what they have to say on the topic, and wish them a happy summer. You'll find them all on Splenderosa.