Learning To Live An Unjustified Life

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Recently a friend left a comment on a post saying: “You seem to no sooner express a new idea than it arrives fully clothed so to speak!”

That certainly seems to be the  case recently although it’s not so much that I express a particular idea as I’ve stopped blocking ideas in general.

Since I started playing around with living in the unknown I’ve increasingly become aware of where and how much I’ve been stopping myself.

Sometimes I do it by thinking into the future and making assumptions about what will happen there. Sometimes I stop because an idea doesn’t make sense or I can’t see how I could go about it.

Recently I’ve been OK with simply letting my ideas remain a possibility without thinking myself out or into them. I just take the next step that shows up with no added effort to make something happen.

A great example . . .

For a while now I’ve spoken to people about how I wish there was a place locally where artists could get together and share ideas and equipment. I’ve wanted to have a go on a laser cutter for a couple of years but have no desire to buy one since they’re very expensive. Also, I don’t know without trying one whether I’d actually enjoy it. If only there was a place where we could share tools and try things without having to buy stuff that ends up not being used.

Well . . . a couple of weeks ago I received an email about a workshop that was running locally which led me to go and check out the website of BuildBrighton Hackspace. I’ve known about Buildbrighton since it’s inception but had always thought that it was only for techie types who were keen on soldering and electronics etc.

The blurb at the top of the website says “Build Brighton is a Hackspace, a communal workshop where like-minded people can geek out about electronics, technology, crafts, engineering… even food hacking.”  It was the mention of crafts that caught my eye and when I investigated further, low and behold, I saw that they had a laser cutter.

Fast forward a couple of weeks and I’ve been for a taster session, joined up and been trained on the laser cutter.

There were a number of points in the process where, in the past, I would have “walked away” – I couldn’t go to visit on the day I wanted to, the friend I eventually went to the taster session with decided not to join, it’s not actually an artist’s community and that’s what I was looking for and I have no idea what I’m going to do there beyond having a go with the laser.

These days, however, I’m learning to stay open to possibility without having to know in advance where something is going. So I’m excited about where this might lead and I’m also OK if it doesn’t lead anywhere in particular. I’ll just keep taking the next step and see from there.

No need to justify it.


Post 9 of 30 blogs in 30 days


Linking to House of Hepworths, Paint Party Friday, Be Inspired, Simply Create, Mop It Up Monday and A Creative Princess

8 comments to “Learning To Live An Unjustified Life”

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  1. Giggles - 17 May, 2013 Reply

    A perfect testament to how thoughts become things!! This happens to me constantly. Hope you find your like minded tribe of artists.

    Hugs Giggles

    • Gillian - 17 May, 2013 Reply

      Thanks. I tried to leave a comment on your blog but don’t have any of the sign-on options. 🙁

  2. sandra sherman - 17 May, 2013 Reply

    What a wonderful concept on life with true artistic values:) HPPF

  3. Corrine - 17 May, 2013 Reply

    Sounds like a great place to meet other artists and try out new ideas! I like your words about just letting the ideas come with no preconceived notions. Happy PPF

  4. denthe - 18 May, 2013 Reply

    Oh, that’s a great way to step through life!

  5. Karen Smithey - 18 May, 2013 Reply

    Yay for you! And now I’m all inspired–I don’t need to have the whole path figured out, just the first step (which is always totally doable 🙂

    Thanks, and Happy Paint Party Friday!

  6. Anne - 19 May, 2013 Reply

    Good for you, great post! <3

  7. Nicole/Beadwright - 19 May, 2013 Reply

    This is a great post. Very inspirational. Good for you.

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