When thinking about bubbles for today’s prompt, my mind first jumped to champagne, but wanting something with a bit more color, I opted for a carafe of fruity mineral water. As many of you already know, I’m a huge fan of bubbly water. There’s just something more fun and alive about this version. I also love that these carbonated drinks are called “sparkling” as that’s just a lovely word one might use to describe a diamond. I hope that when I get older, I’ll be able to look back on my life and use a similar description. Amazing things don’t have to happen every day, just a life filled with plenty of those little moments that, like little bubbles, make me smile. I’ve found that I don’t have to worry about creating moments like this, I just have to watch for them as they appear. They’re always there, like a refreshing drink, waiting to boost my spirits just a touch, and make an otherwise ordinary day rather extraordinary.
When I was a kid, literally everything captured my interest and made me happy. Every trip to a new place always turned into a field trip where I’d want to learn and study whatever I’d just experienced. This hasn’t changed very much as an adult. Several years ago, after a trip to the botanical gardens I was consumed with wanting to grow my own herbs. It was something shiny and new. This hobby was probably one of my shortest. As it turns out, I’m horrible at gardening, lacking both the skill and patience to keep things alive properly. Which, I’m told, is a fairly importance part of the process. But the lack of longevity didn’t make it any less amazing. It was another shiny happy moment where I just let myself get excited about something as though I were a kid again. That feeling of bubbly exuberance and excitement when trying something new is intoxicating. And those times are always the most memorable moments I’ve ever enjoyed.
As I get older, there are so many things that I’ve now already tried, and some I might not try again. But no matter how much I think I now know, I’m still amazed at how much more there is to discover. There are little happy bubbles everywhere, just waiting to climb to the surface and reveal themselves. I know I should make more intentional goals, but I always end up just riding the bubbles to see where they take me next. So far, it’s somehow worked out for me. Most likely because, things tend to work out best when I’m chasing my joy. Exciting things are always just around the corner when I allow myself to embrace them. And so, I may not accomplish all the goals that pop into my mind or do the long list of things I’ve imagined I would like to do. But, in the end, none of this will really matter. At the very least, I’ll be able to look back on all those little moments, big and small, and smile, knowing that through it all, I’ve had a sparkling life.
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