‘King Protea’ – Day 307/365

‘King Protea’ – Day 307/365

“I am an African, not just because I was born in Africa, but because Africa was born in me.” – Kwame⁠
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I’m still bubbling with pride from yesterday’s RWC win. Just love this country so gosh-darn much!⁠

‘Nature of the Game’ – Day 306/365

‘Nature of the Game’ – Day 306/365

Alright Springboks – I’ve done all I can do to send some good juju your way.⁠

Reach for ‘dem stars and make us proud. And don’t get any rose thorns stuck in your side. ;p⁠
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🦌leaping buck reference from a Nigel Dennis photo in AfriPiks

‘The Skewed Continuous’ – Day 305/365

‘The Skewed Continuous’ – Day 305/365

I made another whoopski frame that ended up slightly squiff, but beggers of the continuous self-made creative life, often can’t be choosers.⁠
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And in thinking about the nature of continuity, I’ll leave you with the unbridled nature-loving genius of Allan Watts.⁠
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“You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.”⁠
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‘Not Scared Crow’ – Day 304/365

‘Not Scared Crow’ – Day 304/365

🎃Happy Hippy Halloween Everyone!🎃
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The last 7 days of reflection about scary reasons not to pursue your creative path have, in a strange way given me one final realisation, and to me, this one felt a bit like a gift from the universe.
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The scariest reason behind pursuing your creative path is the willingness to believe that your worth lies in that one idea you can’t stop thinking about.

And do it despite what all the “that’s not a real job” boogie monsters say.
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As Cheryl Strayed puts it. “Trusting yourself means acting out what you already know to be true.”

‘High Stakes’ – Day 303/365

‘High Stakes’ – Day 303/365

The final reason in my 7 day Halloween Inspired countdown to not pursue your creative path.
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Reason No 1. What if the tedium kills me?
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This might sound like a strange one at first, but let me share 2 quick things about me that will help you understand where this fear came from.
1. I overthink things to a very deep level – and thus I can sort of envision or live quite far into a scenario before any of it has actually happened.
2. I get bored very easily. Not in the ‘there’s nothing to do sense’ – there is ALWAYS so much that could be done. Rather in the ‘once I’ve gotten a sense of something or figured it out’ I want to move onto the next challenge.
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So I foresaw the pockets of time where it would just be a matter of sticking to it and plodding along, itchy feet be damned. And that was scary for me – not being able to bolt in another direction.
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But tedium doesn’t kill. Dracula does a lot of waiting around, also in a fairly confined box. But you know what does kill him? A stake through the heart. The stake being the less fulfilling job you stay in wishing you were in the box of your craft. Because even when you’re dealing with some tedium at least its a tedium of your choosing.
The super macabre analogy that gets you through it is drinking up the blood that is your creative life force. .
I think that’s kind of cool – you keep you alive. You doing you keeps your heart beating.
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And so far, the really awesome connections and awakenings I’ve had through this painting challenge totally see me through the days where I’m just bored and over it AF. 😜

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