Reflections on THE PAST MONTH:
August has been about slowly easing back into the routine of everyday life, but navigating the transition with a different perspective and attitude. As Nelson Mandela has famously said, "There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered."
Fall is on the horizon, and I can finally feel it coming. It's my favorite time of year, and so the anticipation of it fills me with a particular kind of lightness, like when you start a book and you know it's going to be great.
Lately, I've been pondering the meaning of life, what's most important to focus on, and what's not worth my time or energy. When we momentarily allow ourselves to grasp the notion that life is sacred, precious and fleeting, it begs the question as to whether or not we're living it "right."
It's like we have to continually choose between acknowledging the sanctity of life and remaining vigilant, fearful and profoundly in the moment - or we ignore how fragile everything is, and get caught up in ambition for the future or nostalgia for the past.
And yet I don't know that it's possible to truly be here today without carrying with us some wisdom from yesterday and a set of goals for tomorrow. I guess that's the duality of it; you have to find a perfect balance and constantly cascade between blissful ignorance and sobering recognition.
And maybe that's what life is all about. Loss is the price we pay for love, time in exchange for memories and wisdom the result of hardship. Although change is a constant and losing or letting go an inevitable part of life, I believe humans are hardwired to resist and hold on as tightly as we can.
It always catches us by surprise, even when we know deep down in our bones that it's coming. And you know, there's a whole lot of beauty in that too. We stay tethered to people long after they're gone. We keep them around through the memories we've shared, through the stories we tell about them in the present, through the pieces of them they've imparted onto us.
Maybe it's in staying knotted to people who've left us that we're able to move forward - grounded, focused, and both alone and with good company.
Wishing you all an incredible month of September!
Lettering + Design Updates
This month, I completed my wild horses design and had it printed for my home office. I also completed a hand-written quote upon request, as well as wrote out some of the songs I was listening to at the time. And at the bottom is a new logo suite I designed for the loveliest of ladies and her company Rewire.
(To see more of my design work, visit my design page.)
I haven't published much in the past few months due to personal stress and the inability to do much more than just eat and sleep, but as I settle back into my life I'm starting to write again. Here's my latest article about the lessons we can learn in loss (and pardon any typos you may find...).