Say what you mean in all your interactions. Mean what you say. Don’t be mean. Have passion. Speak out when necessary. Be kind. Help somebody. Live your truth. Make a difference. Use art as a vehicle for change. Those are my goals for 2017.
Looking back on 2016, I’ve had a year that I’m proud of. I didn’t plan it. The closest thing I ever had to a plan are mental bucket lists I’ve been creating since I was 12 years old of all the ambitious things, of everything I wanted to do: travel the world, taste every cuisine, fall in love, snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef, visit every kind of amusement park there is, make art, write, write a children’s book, do something for animals, … and so on. I never plan. I just do the next thing on my list.
Vincent Van Gogh had his first exhibition at age 32. Julia Child learned to cook at 40! Clint Eastwood directed his first film at 41.
The pressures of time are mostly imposed by others – choose a career by 16, get married by 24, get a home by 30…
But thankfully I always knew that I have time to figure out what I want to do. Who I need to be. Who I need to spend the rest of my life with, Where I want to go, that I have time to fail. I have time to mess up. I have time to try again. And when I mess that up, I still have time. Just so long as I’m willing to work hard.
So in 2017, I’m going to continue to make art, make up my own rules. Make mistakes. Break rules. Be a late bloomer, repeatedly. Leave the world more interesting for my being here.
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! Have a fabulous 2017!