“The nice thing about ageing is that
you can look back on your life and see life’s
biggest struggles were the bits that made you.
Steve Parish – photographer, naturalist
Part of the challenge of creating something just for you is giving yourself permission to do it. Taking this course will certainly affect your daily life. There may be a need to examine and reset priorities. Issues that arise with those who share your world may have to be negotiated: after all, the chosen path may be costly in money, space and time. Taking time to explore the new-found creative self, along with the acceptance of new kinds of tension, change and disappointments in life, will all become part of the struggle.
The good news is that, over time and with patience and tolerance, the struggle, whether physical or emotional, becomes easier to deal with. There are times when the path to resolution is not clear and sometimes the accompanying frustration seems overwhelming. However, once your life adapts to its new rhythms, exciting possibilities and discoveries may lead to paths that were once beyond your imagination.
Struggle is part of what it is to be human. Without struggle there would be no development of self, no increased awareness, and no broadening of creative endeavours.
Above: Little is more visually symbolic of struggle than the twisted, cracked contortions found in rocks in a landscape as ancient as that found in the arid lands of Australia. These beautiful rocks are jasper, near Marble Bar, Western Australia.
Essays from Chapter 3 The Struggle
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