“Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.” ~ Danny Kaye
Note: This post is a collaborative effort between myself and Emily, from Remodeling This Life. The photos, taken by Emily, were the inspiration for this article. Emily's contributions appear in the shaded boxes.
Just like a child painting on a great big piece of canvas, our lives are much this way too. We are creating our lives every day that we're here on this earth. Our canvas, our life – is colored by the directions we've taken our lives so far.
So, in this life we're living, what are each of us creating? Sometimes it's messy, sometimes we may not like what we've created, and sometimes we're thrilled with how this canvas is being created. Whatever it is we have, though, this is our masterpiece. This is our life.
Our canvas starts from a blank sheet when we're born. Much of what gets created in those early years is a by-product of our environment. As we get older, we begin to color this canvas ourselves. As a child, this is fun, this is life. And boundaries are what we make them to be.
And then we grow older, and into adulthood. Been there? It's a place where we sometimes (often times) start to "conform". Because that's what everyone else does. Maybe we color inside the lines of our "life canvas" a little bit more. Maybe we create our life as others expect we should.
Life is messy! If we're creating our life, though, and listening to our hearts, then we are creating our very own unique masterpiece.
And even if we're not, just like finger painting out on the back deck, if we don't like what we have, we can paint over the top, or start fresh with a new canvas. We all can. Our lives going forward do not have to be dictated by our past. Today is a new day! And we all have a masterpiece that yearns to be created!
This is YOUR moment. Get out your paints, take off your shoes. Get a little messy if you have to. This is your moment to create the life you want! This is your moment to paint that masterpiece within you, on your canvas of life!
A very special thank you to Emily, for sharing her thoughts and photos here! Emily is creating a part of her wonderful life masterpiece over at Remodeling This Life. To keep up with the many great things she has going on, subscribe to her blog, and follow her on Twitter.