I have always loved the moon. I have spent many, many, many nights just sitting outside staring at it. The moon has been a silent friend watching over me as I have cried, celebrated, laughed, yelled, broke down, or just sat in wonder. My favorite time of day is when the sky grows dark and the moon begins to glow. I feel more awake at night. If vampires or werewolves were real, I’m pretty sure I would be one of them. A long time ago before I was a preschool teacher, I worked the over night shift at an adolescent treatment facility. I thought I would have trouble adjusting to sleeping during the day and being awake all night, but it was easy. I kind of miss it.
Yesterday, I read a blog post by Charlie O’Shields titled “My Favorite Person” where he talks about being inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, a man that worked on and pursued his passion daily. I have read Charlie’s blog for a few weeks now. I forget how I stumbled upon it, but I really enjoy his writing as well as his daily paintings. His posts often make me smile or laugh. I have been trying to get in touch with my creative side again and Charlie’s blog has pushed me to want to go further.
I started writing this year, something I have kept telling myself I would do since I was a teenager, but only found the courage to do now. It felt really good letting the stories out that I thought I needed to do more. I haven’t been creative in years. Life has been overwhelming and crazy as well as fun and busy. These past few years, I have felt seriously drained by my job so much so that I finally quit in June. I found another job which starts next week. One that gives me time to keep writing and now as I said, I am thinking I need to do much more. Today, I got out my pencils and chalks and started sketching my old friend the moon. The moon is not an easy subject, but I thought it was the perfect thing to draw on this day of inspiration. The drawing I did was simple though not exactly what I saw in my head, but it’s a start. I really need to learn not to be so self critical and just be happy with what comes out. Just keep practicing. So, I am making a promise to myself to do something creative everyday whether it be writing, drawing, painting, photography, paper arts, or whatever else comes to mind. Thank you Charlie for the creative inspiration!