Goodbye, Norma Jean
Yes, Norma Jean Georges was the name of my first car. Named for my friend David Georges and his favorite band, Norma Jean. I called her "Norma" for short. I bought her my Junior year of college and she was all mine! I was so proud to have that car! She served me faithfully for years. In the last year she gave me a little more trouble then my pocket book and expertise could handle. I knew she was not totally "dun-fer", I just knew I did not have the ability to nurture her any longer.
Today she was towed away by the donation pick up. I donated her to Habitat for Humanity. Hopefully, she will bring a little money at auction that can be used for the good of a most excellent organization. It was hard to see her go. I am learning so much in life these days that we have to release from our hands the things we instinctively try to hold so tightly too... but winners know when to quit and when to move on and when to let go of stagnant energy.
This has been my biggest problem in the last year. Not so much feeling like my creative process was stagnant, but life was stagnant and stuck and I allowed myself to get to that place. All of those "factors" in my life were what crept into my studio and siphoned off my ability to move forward in my work. It is quite impossible to move forward in your work when you have no income and are scrambling to figure out where to live and what to do with yourself!
Thankfully, I am regaining my bearings and moving forward and letting go of those old things that just don't work for me any more. There is still an element of mourning that takes place. Old habits can be like old friends. We have spent so much time with them that to part ways seems sacrilege. Yet it is cleansing. So, Goodbye, Norma Jean, my precious first vehicle, maybe someone else can bring you back to life, but for now, I've got to live mine.
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