At the end of last year I saw on Planet Textile Threads that Thelma Smith asked 'How are you going to spend the next decades?' I have more or less been asking myself that ever since my mother died at the end of 2011. By the end of last year I was beginning to think about taking first definite steps.
(design-in-progress for lino cutting)
This image illustrates where I am, I suppose. It's strangely like how I felt when I graduated, left home, and got married - all more or less at the same time, over four decades ago. This time, however, I have a past to draw on - or to overcome - but, it's largely a process of moving forward with positive intent.
Of course now I am aware of the awaiting grim reaper, so the intent is to enjoy while I can: look, learn, inquire, create while I can. And to expand horizons through the delights of the blogosphere too.
I like the map I made for myself on my last post of the past year: 'I'm ready to find definite paths down which to wander, ....' Whether the wandering will take four decades (if I am to live for almost as long as Thelma intends to!) I doubt, but it's a fine start for the next of life's adventures.