” If we have our own why in life, we shall get along with almost any how.” Nietzsche
Dancing to a different drum isn’t always easy, particularly when the big drums of our culture seem to worship consumerism, technology and a kind of economic rationalism that kicks humanity to the curb in favor of financial profit for a small elite.
The creative foraging I’m doing to explore the kind of life I want to live into the future is full of complexity, confusion and a kind of deep patient listening.
I have no idea where it will lead.
What I do know is that there are some core values and delights [the Why] that drive the core of my life:
- creativity and curiousity are at the core of everything I am
- research and information delights me
- moving theory to practice [and vice versa] is central to all my work
- seeing the patterns in complex information and ideas and then writing about it make me happy
- working across boundaries has always been how I act in the world
- design and beauty in all its forms keeps me sane
- working with and for creative and value driven people has been my constant delight
- the arts and arts in community
- sharing and connecting with others
- animals – particularly dogs
- growing and cooking food
- being in nature
- the sensate in the world – color, touch, taste, sound, sight
- I adore serendipity, paradox, complexity and synchronicity
- reading and more reading
- having lots of alone quiet time
- working to connect people to their power
- social justice
- enjoying the process and the end result
- growing old in place and exploring new models of collective and connective affordable housing
- good food, good company and good wine
How I manifest these principles and delights into the rest of my life is a puzzle I’m exploring and I’m surprising myself at how hard and easy it is to move away from my own preconceived story about who I am and how I can live my life into the future.
I need to keep rattling my cage and see what happens.
I’m moving to a new housesit in mid September and will be creating my own studio for 6 months to explore some personal creative projects.
I have no idea how I’ll earn money in the long term and am staying open to new opportunities.
Will I stay in Perth? WA? Australia?
All I know it that I’m committed to a house and dog sit gig until mid March 2017 and right now I have no idea what I want to do or where I want to live after that time.
And that’s just fine.