The Dalai Lama was asked what surprised him most, he said:
"Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived."
I'm watching my other half do this at the moment and I'm sure I do it a lot too. I know that my lovely spouse is working to provide for our life together, I just wish I could help my best beloved be in the moment more often. We both need this.
We've landed in this beautiful location and now trying to put roots down in the good earth. The chap sorting the unfinished barn out has come up with some wonderful ideas about how I could finish my studio. He turned up with a huge stack of books today including an out of print one called The Woodbutchers Art filled with amazing mad house pictures. I've been presented with an opportunity to have the studio I want that will cost lots less money than I was originally quoted for and it will be more sustainable (and money left over for an etching press - squee!). It requires me to imagine myself working in my studio and actually think about creating the environment I want to be in. The challenge for me here is that structurally, the building exists - well the walls and the roof does and there are holes for the windows and doors, and structures often drive interiors. If you are free-forming a construction then the interior will also be free-form but what I want is to put some of that free form into essentially a block built box with a pitch roof. Faffing over what kind of panelling or floorboards seems a bit, well, pathetic. I want to find some sense of 'soaring' here.
Perhaps I should look up pictures of where the Dalai Lama lives...