Life is like a roll of toilet paper…

One of my friends use to say “Life is like a roll of toilet paper, it goes so much faster at the end.”

Okay, that sounds a little negative, but the truth is life has been going by really fast lately. I’ve been traveling a lot, teaching workshops and visiting family. It makes the year just go by quickly. I really don’t mind that much when it’s the winter months. Maine winters aren’t the most appealing thing in the world, unless you like a lot of snow for a large portion of the year and really cold weather. If that’s the case, Northern Maine is for you. Every year I like winter a little less. I love Maine more and more all the time though, so its quite the dilemma, that’s why I’m on team Global Warming! (only kidding)

After reading The Practicing Mind, I’ve tried to focus on each one of my tasks at hand without thinking about all the other stuff I want/need to do during the day. The book I read said you get things done more efficiently when you have 100% focus on it and nothing else. It’s hard though, because technology has taught my mind to not have an attention span.

I’m not even sure why I’m writing this post, other than I’ve been really trying to focus on my artwork this year, and life isn’t letting me give it the attention I want. So I guess I just felt like ranting in the public space of the internet about it. It’s already toward the end of March and I only have a few new paintings to show for it. On a positive note, I’ve put a lot more practice in lately, and my skills are progressing nicely in the drawing department. I’ve always loved drawing, and I put it on the back burner for too long.

I’ve been trying to get life to slow down by scheduling a bunch of specific things each day, like 1 hour of guitar, 1 hour of sketching, 1 hour of exercise, 3 hours of painting, etc etc. It has worked to an extent. I’m getting more stuff done and accomplished, but the days just fly by now. I’m not sure if that’s just me getting older, and the whole toilet paper roll theory, or that I’m filling my day so much that the perception of time is different.

I’m dedicated to dedicating more time to developing my art. So I’m going to figure this time thing out. Everything is just a problem that hasn’t been solved yet. I’ve got some ideas to alter my perception of time. Like getting up at 5AM and going to bed at 12AM. You only need 5 hours right? Or maybe not even looking at clocks anymore, but that might not be possible. I could always try fasting too. Not sure what that has to do with anything, but I read on the internet that it solves most problems. Especially troublesome gas.

Okay, okay, I’m going to end my random rant about time and get back to drawing or something. That might be the first step. Stop wasting time thinking about time.

Until next time.

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6 thoughts on “Life is like a roll of toilet paper…

  1. Lol….I can sooo relate.I am trying to see how I can fit your landscape painting in oils series into a daily routine. All I want to do is paint but being a single mom with a disabled uncle means I have to eat and sleep and keep a roof over our heads…Lol my painting isn’t good enough to quit yet. So alas, I must work. But I love your lessons and feel so artistically fulfilled when I do them. Thank you for sharing your gift. It has enriched my little life and my five year old is becoming quite the artist with her little paints and easil next to mine. I did the cloud 2 lesson. She thought it was so great she signed the lower portion of the grass with her little hand print for me lol. I haven’t had the heart to paint over it yet. I wasn’t even finished!

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  2. Metacognition feels so unproductive, right? I bet you are teetering on the edge of a breakthrough. “What thinks and what is thought are identical.” Aristotle

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