Almost 45 years ago I accepted a dare that I made to myself.
Has it really been that long? Yup.......!! Amazing.
45 years later I'm going to take another leap of something. Foolishness? Faith? Frivolity? Fun? I'm finally committed to forging a new learning experience in my growing roster of being human, and not finished yet?
Judy and I were married in 1967. One night, with friends, doing dinner at a favorite spot in Corona del Mar, CA, Five Crowns, in coastal Orange County we exited the restaurant and noticed an art gallery across the infamous Pacifc Coast Highway. Walking over we noticed that art lessons in oil painting were being given.
Long story short, I accepted the dare to take art lessons. In a three year period, just on Thursday mornings, because of extensive youth work, at the time, Judy and I went down to that gallery and I painted for four hours a week.
It was a significant learning experience for both of us. To this day, we cannot look at the ocean, anywhere, or the different shades of light from dawn to dusk, without referencing what we learned from that experience...even though I was the one painting.
The result was a series of ocean paintings, and a couple of mountain scenes. The mountain pics we gave to each set of parents on their 50th wedding anniversary.
I learned. I grew. I painted. Gave a few away to special friends. None looked like paint-by-number, as some "friends" suggested. :-) It was an important time to step way, wAy, WaY outside my comfort zone and try something new.
The picture hanging above our piano, the backdrop for our "Leap of Faith" friend, is one of those (find my name in the lower left corner). This I painted for my parents. It is of Mt. Lassen, an extinct volcano, in the northern most part of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California, just before they head north in Oregon as the Cascade Mountains.
I found an olde black and white family photo from when I had been a wee lad and there on some sort of family vacation. Then I found almost the same scene in an olde National Geographic in color. Meant to be, evidently.
Judy's parents got an aspen fall scene of San Francisco Peaks, up near Flagstaff, AZ for their 50th. That hangs in our upstairs hallway.
So what's the new dare, now that I am an olde man?
You will have to wait and see and/or hear to experience...some day next year. It is way, wAy, WaY out of my current comfort zone. Guesses welcome. It will be a total leap of faith, tinged with some sanctified craziness. I am looking forward to learning something I've never tried before.
No matter our age, it is crucial to keep taking leaps of faith. Try the new. The different. The surprising. Even the silly, sometimes. Too often, no matter our age, we get stuck and the leaps are fewer and fewer. That leads to dull living. Don't do that to yourself, or to those who love you.
So, what will your unusual, unexpected, unconventional leap be for yourself in 2015? What will nudge you out of your own comfort zones for awhile? Let me know what your dare has become, and I will share with you mine.
The world is waiting for you to grow some new wings...........!!
Now, what has come to mind for yourself in ready this?