Having just celebrated my 70th birthday, I thought I would write something on my feelings about the ageing process.
First a quote by Sophia Loren
‘There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.’
watercolour demonstration at the school in Olhao – http://www.artinthealgarve.com
Sophia Loren’s quote resonated with me, because at the core of all my work and way of being is the belief that the creative process in all its many forms is the key to emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing.
Of course our bodies will change and age – and there will be days when we feel stronger than others, but to walk through life on an aimless path ultimately brings a sense of deep frustration. By integrating some form of creativity into our daily lives we bring substance, meaning, a sense of satisfaction and wellbeing.
Yesterday, I painted the portrait of musician, Sue Ballingall. Sue has that ageless quality about her. She has the vitality and zest that comes when someone loves what they do……
I have experienced two ways of being: – the first forty years of my life were fragmented, anxiety ridden and filled with a great sense of frustration. Had I continued on that path….my life today would look very different.
For the latter thirty years, I chose a new path. By introducing new habits, routines and rhythms I was able to slowly but surely establish a life that works for me. A life that brings me countless joys and a sense of fulfilment. I will be always be grateful that I experienced such a turning point.
Large oil on canvas – self portrait – painted at my turning point – 1989. I keep this painting as a reminder, that we can always make new choices….
Today, I enjoy the flow of life…..it brings such wonderful surprises – in ways that I could never be creative enough to imagine.
Just before my birthday celebrations I gave a talk in Somerset…in the Bristol area and stayed with a woman who I met in Portugal last year….and there I met these two little angels:) Bobby and Winston……that’s what happens when I am in the flow…….
I conclude with a magical hummingbird – and a quote from the book Buddhist Offerings 365 days.
‘The first thing upon which we should meditate is our precious and fleeting human life, hard to obtain, and easy to destroy; – I will now give it meaning…..’