When it comes to simple pleasures, there are really none simpler than the thrill of grabbing a sheet of bubble wrap and popping each little plastic circle. I wasn’t sure how to illustrate this prompt, as I really don’t enjoy painting people, so I rarely ever do it. I searched boxes in the garage for bits of bubble wrap for reference, only to discover limp pieces of plastic instead. Apparently, I had already popped them all. But, since I have such fond memories of doing this as a kid, I did this quick little rare sketch of something other than an animal or food to demonstrate it. This is, of course, not simply a joy for kids as many adults like it as well. Even psychologists will tell you that the calming effect of popping those bubbles is quite therapeutic, which is why it can be so addicting. Getting lost in a series of methodical pops is a perfect way to mindlessly kill some time. It’s nice to do something every now and again that doesn’t require much thought. Those moments where our primal instincts take over and we can get a bit lost doing nothing much at all.
I often get into a similar mode while painting something. Sure, it takes a lot of thought and concentration much of the time, but I find that when I just let my mind wander a bit, the results are always a bit better. So many of my posts have point where I talk about when I was a child. This is because I cherish that time, and also because I think we should always hold onto it. We learn so many new things as we get older, but it’s the things we never had to learn that make us who we are. Those times when life was simply about the experience and letting the moment capture you. I often feel like I was better at behaving this way more fully back when I was a little kid. In those days, I never felt the need to analyze what I was doing. I simply let myself get lost in the feeling of actually DOing it.
Today, as the “big kid” I’ve grown up to become, I still try to live by that same simple approach. Sure, my adult brain gets in the way much of the time, but if I can just let my inner child at least make a good start, everything is better in the end. He just seems to know better than anyone at all, what I’m supposed to do next. I can always tell the difference between those two inner voices. The adult is always yammering on about consequences, while the child is always excitedly babbling about possibilities. Perhaps all this is why I never worry over my posts and paintings. Though, I do hope you’ll enjoy whatever appears here in the end. But, in truth, it’s just a little moment out of each day, where I take the time to be that little kid again, who never stops to question his actions, and fully understands the joy of popping bubble wrap.
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