For today’s prompt I decided to try something rather complex in a very short amount of time. I used to love marbles as a kid, but I lost them somewhere along the way, so I had to use a reference photo for today’s doodlewash. When one loses their marbles its another way of saying they’ve gone crazy. At least that’s the phrase my mother used to use to describe me most of the time. It was meant in jest, but I was always very distracted as a child, and still as an adult. She quickly learned that having a child with a high IQ was not much different than the having the opposite. I had trouble staying on task and was a bit clumsy because I was always thinking about the next thing instead of the thing in front of me. I’ve thankfully learned to focus a bit more as I’ve gotten older, but my imagination still transports me to other places much of the time. I normally have way too many projects going at once still today, nudging each of them on to completion as the mood strikes me.
Each year, as part of the New Year’s resolution frenzy, I always say to myself that I’ll commit to being a bit more organized. This involves looking at various apps to help me do so and ends about 24 hours later when I decide that doing something else entirely would be much more fun instead. Somehow, I still manage to get most things I’d like accomplished eventually, so I guess it’s not so bad after all. The lists I end up with are a barrage of various thoughts and ideas swimming around in my head. I figure the ones that weren’t meant to be will fade out and let the strongest ideas live on. When I had a thought that simply won’t fade away, then I know it’s one I ought to try and make happen. I’m sure there are far more scientific approaches to life, but this is the way I’ve always done things. It’s driven my pure passion and impulse, which seems reckless to some, but might perfectly sensible to my fellow dreamers out there.
If I’ve learned one thing about life in all these years it’s that life is not sensible. It’s full of twists and turns that often make no sense at all. Approaching it sensibly just doesn’t seem like a complementary way to sort it all out. And it’s far more fun to let your mind take you to places that surprise even you. That’s the beauty of imagination. It’s not an escape from life, but a method to solve your way through it. Each challenge I face can always be met and conquered with just a little bit of magical thinking. So, while I’m certain that pure logic can indeed help in many cases, more often I choose the path less traveled. It’s just a path that’s always going to be a bit more interesting and fun. The one that’s paved with unexpected things that keep live interesting in a positive way. Life is a very happy thing indeed when I spend it losing my marbles.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Quinacridone Red, Da Vinci Yellow, Leaf Green, Cobalt Tuquoise, Cobalt Blue, and Payne’s Gray. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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