Recently, I had been asked by a friend to contribute to a site she is creating. We decided to call my contribution a WIP : Work in progress.
Why…because aren’t we all a WIP. Next week I turn 58 and having been downsized I am faced with reinventing myself…still a WIP.
Reinventing oneself is hard to do at any age. I have already done it when I moved to Georgia in my 40’s, only knowing 1 person and without prospect of a job. I’ve been here 15 years and have had 2 different careers so far. So….not impossible. Just gets a little more difficult as we get older.
I have learned over the years what I do not want to do…but have yet to figure out what I do want to do and how to get there. I do like working with people and finding solutions to their needs. I do like to help people and do things that make a difference in someone’s life. I do like managing projects from start to finish and managing accounts. And most of my jobs included many of this. Some of my jobs were taken out of necessity…the mortgage company does like to be paid. Some were taken out of curiosity and some were taken thinking the grass was greener on the other side.
In the meantime until I figure it all out. I have been keeping myself busy, I started to draw and paint and am taking an art course which is soon to end. So I put it out there in the universe that I want to create a meetup like situation to continue the process of art. It won’t get me back to work. It won’t make me rich (I am not a prodigy…I am not that good..yet ) but it is keeping me busy. It gets me out of the house and I get to meet some really nice people.
I really like painting and I really like watercolors…which of all the paint mediums to me, is the most challenging. Colors run into each other and bleed…Watercolor paint moves in all directions, sort of like life and all the bits of us running into each other…bleeding, blending and clashing.
The challenge of life, like painting is figuring out how to make it all work and create a fine piece of work. Below is a new WIP. I am really proud of this one.