This is mine and my wife's second anniversary in Arkansas. We also have an anniversary in Iowa - six years in a few weeks- and we have an anniversary in North Carolina - started dating 13 years ago. Everything, in the end, comes down to patterns. And our country is moving towards a pattern of acceptance, mirrored by our pattern of anniversaries. Or, at least, that is my hope.
My patterns, those on the page, are trending more towards the child-friendly type. In part that's because I have two tiny children. And, in part it's because of a little girl I don't really know.
A few weeks ago, I had a booth at a street festival. I made a total of 12 dollars. But something important happened. A little girl came up to the booth and looked and looked. Her father was a few feet away talking with friends. She asked me if I had done all the art, and told me that it was really good. She was so sincere. And she was so interested. I wanted to give her a piece but didn't know if her dad would let her have it.
I have fought against my "style" for so long. I've worried about a lack of sophistication. I've worried about not being marketable. I've worried about selling out. I've gotten jobs, lost jobs, left jobs, not gotten the jobs I wanted. My career has been up and down and all around. And now, thanks to the support of my wife, I'm focusing on patterns. My patterns. Trying to accept and create and send out into the world. And I am taking that little girl as a sign. A little message being sent to me from the universe. Go with it. Do what you do, and maybe someone will look and look and love it.