As I reflect on my artistic career. My resume is full of variety and changes. I am beginning to see a series of seasons that have made me into who I am as an artist.
As a child, I had seasons of acting. As a young adult I had a season of piano performance and competitions. In college, I was incredibly blocked due to academics but upon graduation, the year 2014 brought on the year of social dancing. I did more dancing in that year than ever; salsa, swing, tango, waltz, blues – so much blues! My life was highlighted by late night dances and social events. As I moved to New York at the end of 2014 into 2015, I transitioned into a expansive season of photography. And this year, 2016, I am anticipating a new season. I have ideas of what it might be and while I consistently strive to incorporate all the aforementioned periods into my life now, I sense a season of something totally new, something I have never tried before.
At times I get anxious when it feels like I’m at a standstill and I try to force a season from my past into the present. But when it doesn’t come easily, I realize that it may be because that old season is fading so that new one can present itself.
This real-life concept reminds me of wisdom from the book Ecclesiastes (Chapter 3) about seasons;
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens … He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.”
Trusting the ebb and flow in life is sometimes hard but through immense gratitude, I am able to see the guiding Hand that is full of wisdom and love moving us on to new purposes for each adventure, lessons and periods of growth. Trust the seasons of your life. I believe that our hearts desires are fulfilled at just the right time. A season characterized by incredible curiosity, freedom and joy.