40 before 40, Reflecting

#40before40 – Paint a Picture

When I came up with my 40 before 40 list, I tried to include a mix of goals that were aspirational such as walking 1000 miles and those which on paper should have been easy to accomplish. Painting a picture fell into the latter category but it has taken me nearly the full year though to sit down and actually do it. One day just before Christmas, I sat down at the kitchen table and started to mess around with the kiddie paints I bought specifically for the job from the Dollar Shop. Once I started to mess about with the paint, I really enjoyed it. I remembered how much I liked painting with the girls when they were little and how much I liked to paint at the easel when I was a little girl myself.

I know myself well enough to understand that it took 11 months to commit to actually sit down and paint because my perfectionistic tendencies were standing in the way. When I am not sure that I can do something well enough, my instinct has often to be to avoid it all together. For this reason, sitting down, painting and then sharing my pictures for others to see is a big deal but these simple pictures totally sum up the mantra I have adopted over the past few years in my quest to live a broader more intentional life – try your best then let it go. They may not be works of art by any body else’s standards but I really like them and most importantly I really enjoyed painting them!

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