Thinking of the prompt for today first made me reflect on all of the wonderful books I’ve read in my life. But, as I was doing so, I glanced over and say my sketchbook and realized it was full of visual stories. In the corner of my room there’s a stack of these sketchbooks, creating a tower of wonderful memories. And though I don’t go back and look through them very often, I simply can’t forget the experience of creating them. Filling the blank pages of a book is an exhilarating and memorable process. One, I’m sure many writers feel as well! Prior to sketching stuff each and every day, I would sometimes buy a sketchbook, scribble on a few pages and then stop. Those books are rather forgettable. But my latest books are a wealth of color, visual thoughts, and experiences that makes each book a bit magical. When I look at something I sketched a couple of years ago, I can still remember doing so and how I felt at the time. Sometimes, like this one, they’re the quickest of little sketches, but they always bring back memories of what was happening during that time. And a wonderful reminder that as crazy as daily sketching can seem on those super busy days, it’s certainly worth the effort to collect these memories every single day!
I don’t make documentary sketches, like an urban sketcher, as mine are meant to illustrate an idea or something that’s on my mind that day to accompany my writing. My “art journal” is then completed here in these written posts, as I can type way faster than I could ever write by hand. And my handwriting is completely illegible, even to me. This weekend, we lost an hour due to daylight savings time, and when you cram all you can into each moment like I do, that missing hour was certainly felt. Thankfully, I still managed to sneak in an hour for this little sketch and post. When I very first started making these sketchbooks, I remember days where I told myself I should skip a day or two and take a break. But, I soldiered on and I’m so happy that I did. It’s now a permanent part of my world and not something remotely optional. That’s quite a breakthrough for me, as I’ve never done anything with this degree of regularity in my life! I’m usually always bouncing on to new things by this point and looking back on what I used to do as one might some passing fad. So, I’m really quite proud of all of the little sketchbooks I’ve created over these past few years.
And even losing an hour this weekend made me secretly happy as I’m thrilled that spring is coming! More daylight hours and warmer temperatures will be a very welcome gift to be sure. Each time this transition happens, I get itchy to try new things and make something new happen, so I’m equally excited for the things I have planned ahead. Things that, in truth, now seem ridiculously difficult to attempt given this is my side hobby, but that’s all part of the fun! I sincerely hope that each you out there are always pursuing all of your dreams each day as well. Life would be bitterly dull if it only consisted of the things we were required to do. I prefer those things that just feel like a “must DO” because my heart is screaming for them to happen next. Those are definitely the most fulfilling things of all! And though many of the projects I attempt next could quite possibly fail, I’ve never any regrets when it comes to trying. New things are what create a more interesting plot in life and they make waking up to start each day much more thrilling and enjoyable. I guess in many ways as I enjoy my time on this little green planet, I hope to live my whole life like a book you can’t forget.
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