Contemplating The Moon

Though I’m fairly sure when I added a prompt of “cats” this month, I was thinking of the black cats of Halloween fame, we instead have this random little cat. Not quite black or white, but a bit of both. And if you want to apply this better to the season, one can imagine him contemplating a moon. I’ve been in this dreamy state myself lately, my mind rushing from idea to idea while occasionally stopping, much like this, to sort it all out properly. Just staring into the distance for a moment hoping the answer might shine down on me. Sometimes, I’m lucky enough for the proper epiphany to occur, but most of the time, it’s just a bit of staring into space. Either way, it’s a nice way to calm a restless mind every now and again. And when I return to what I was doing, I’m at least a bit more relaxed for having taken that moment. Daydreaming is one of my favorite things to do. My evening dreams are too quickly forgotten, but the ones made during the day always stay with me the most. And if I’ve brave enough to pursue them, sometimes, they even manage to come true.

When I was kid, I dreamed of being on stage. It wasn’t the kind of dream one craves for fame or being noticed, I didn’t really want that at all. It was simply chasing the idea that I could be someone else entirely for a time. This, to me, was an incredible thing. I loved to pretend I was a different person in a different world. I wasn’t trying to escape from any type of bad reality, I was just wanting to experience something totally new. I wondered what it would be like to live someone else’s life for a time. To feel what they felt and imagine what they might imagine. To actually dream someone else’s dreams for a time. My own daydreaming paid off eventually when I was cast in my first school show. I was only a nameless member of the chorus, but I approached it will all the fervor and gusto one might had they actually obtained a leading role. I don’t think my character even had a name, but I made one up for him, of course. I can’t actually remember now what name I chose. What I do remember is that I took the tiny part I was given and made it into something bigger.

That little success lead to more and more and soon I was a professional actor for a time. Jumping into lives I’d never lived myself in hopes of bringing a character to life. It was an incredible journey and one that I feel thankful to have experienced today. Though I’m not sure I was ever that astounding on stage, it taught me an important lesson in empathy. That ability to understand and feel what another person might be feeling. And along with this, perhaps one of the most important lessons I’ve ever had the pleasure to acquire. That everyone, no matter who I might meet, has something to teach me. From that point on, my teachers in life grew exponentially. Everywhere I turned, I could find bits of wisdom and new thinking that I could knit into the fabric of my life. Today, not much has changed. I’m continually surrounding myself with people who can teach me what I need to know. And I’m thankful for each of you who’ve joined this community and share your bits of wisdom along the way. I’m in constant awe and admiration most days, often just sitting off to the side, like a little cat, contemplating the moon.

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  1. Sandra Strait 5 years ago

    When people catch me doing that staring into space thing, I tell them I’m meditating. It makes me sound wise and sage instead just a bit loopy, lol. I would have loved to see you perform – I’ll bet you were stellar! I love your kitty. I can feel the softness of her fur!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Haha!! Cheers to always sounding sage and wise! Love that, Sandra!! 😃💕

  2. smzang 5 years ago

    article and kitty cat, the best of the best!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Aww thanks so much!! I’m so happy you enjoyed this one! 😃💕

  3. Jill Kuhn 5 years ago

    I adore your sweet kitten, Charlie! ❤️ I like how you described acting, I hadn’t really thought about it that way before… thanks for the insight! And love your positive attitude on life! 😊👍

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Jill! 😃💕 Glad you liked this post… I think life is only truly lived when you have a positive attitude!

  4. Mickey Baxter-Spade 5 years ago

    Your kitty has such character and your story is so interesting. Love them both.

  5. Sharon Nolfi 5 years ago

    I like how you did the cat’s fur.

  6. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 5 years ago

    What a thoughtful post, Charlie. Lots to consider about my own life. I also wanted to be an actress – until I realized I had dreadful stage fright. And this kitten is precious, with his expressive face.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 And yay, so cool you wanted to be an actress… I think we have a ton in common.

  7. SnehLata Maheshwari 5 years ago

    Nice cat beautifully done the fur. May be i cant draw n paint so good. I Always inspired by you . charlie the great.
    Love the 🐈.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 You paint beautifully, Snehlata! Never doubt it!

  8. Laura Hale 5 years ago

    What a cute cat and interesting article. Thank you for sharing, Charlie.

  9. Kaye Boggs 5 years ago

    When I saw the kitty I went “awww” because it’s such a sweet rendering. You can draw everything! I had a very brief moment on stage for a local little theater group when I was 21 but preferred painting scenery and backdrops instead of being on stage. . I bet YOU could have been a Star!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Aww you’re so sweet! Thanks, Kaye! 😃💕 I don’t think I was destined to be a Star. hehe… but I did paint backdrops as well which was totally fun!

  10. Jill Gustavis 5 years ago

    Awww Kitty! I have a soft spot for any cat now that we have 2. My personal Instagram feed is mostly just to oo and ah over the Cats of Instagram posts and share my own kitty pics, lol. I need to try to paint my boys again.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Jill! 😃💕 And you should totally paint your boys again! I’m wildly allergic to cats, but I adore them still! So beautiful! And yeah… Instagram love them! LOL This cat post got the most likes in some time! hehe

  11. Susan Cuss 5 years ago

    What a sweet little kitten! I love cats, but I’m very allergic, so I can’t have them anymore. I miss my purring lap-warmer. I just want to reach out and smooth that lovely fur. I bet you were wonderful on stage!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Aww thanks, Susan! 😃💕 I’m wildly allergic as well, so I can only paint them and enjoy them from afar!

  12. Sharon Mann 5 years ago

    Oh, this is a charming cat! Nicely done Charlie.

  13. Thomas Blanchard 5 years ago

    Cute pose and great job making him fluffy! Ahh daydreaming and people watching are two of my favorite things. I love dreaming up their story that I’m sure is nothing close to reality!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Tom! 😃💕 hehe.. yeah, I always wonder if my daydreams are correct… guess I’ll never know!

  14. Teri Casper 5 years ago

    Such a sweet post. That kitty is adorable.

  15. Nay Aung 5 years ago

    Actually we also learned a lot from you during this short period of time Charlie!!!I think it was a wonderful experience for all of us 🙂

  16. Sandra Gilbert 5 years ago

    What a soft furry looking kitty, I live the expression on his face.

  17. Fantine Ponter 5 years ago

    This is just the sweetest ‘liddle puddyTat’! I need to get some lessons from you… Lovely expression!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Aww thanks so much, Fantine! 😃💕 Glad you like this little kitty cat!

  18. Yvonne Reeder 5 years ago

    I adore your kitty! It’s very like our Mopsy – papa’s little fluff ball of love, even if she is almost 15 now. ❤️

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Aww thanks!! 😃💕And I think now matter how old our fur babies get, they’ll always be our babies!

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