“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”
― Charles Bukowski
In about four days this blog as it is will have a brief metamorphosis. I will be travelling in areas where wi-fi is a questionable proposition so I may end up having to break my daily blogging habits. The reason for this is an exciting one. For our fifteenth wedding anniversary my partner and I will be embarking on a twelve day five country cruise. I will be doing one of my favourite things, exploring new places, meeting new people and seeing lots and lots of art. I’ll be taking lots of pictures and gaining lots of inspiration and recharging my own artistic batteries somewhat.
You see, about two years back I made a commitment to myself that I would make art and write at least 100 words daily. I’ve been overall pleased with the results and I now have material that I can expand and publish in a collected form. I intend to return from the cruise and continue this habit as I find this a fantastic way to express parts of myself that would remain otherwise hidden and I have found in the readers here an amazing supportive group of people for which I am more grateful than I can say
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