Let me be who I want to be!
I have noticed a pattern emerging lately with some of the pieces I have created...and that's the use of birds and butterflies. While I know they are used a lot in art journaling, I believe there is greater meaning to the reason they keep appearing for me.
When I was a little girl I dreamt of being a gypsy. Not just casual dreaming...but SERIOUS anticipation of growing older and living out of a suitcase and wandering the country. I was even one for Halloween several years in a row (here's to roll playing!) For some reason the thought of being free enough to travel the country and relocate upon a whim was so appealing to me. In reality though, I consider myself ultra-responsible and that way of life has never been feasible for me.
Digging deeper, I believe it's the freedom and independence piece that has always resonated with me. Those qualities of life were the basis for my daydreaming of "gypsy-hood". In hindsight, being free to speak my mind, support myself and building a life where I don't have to depend on someone else to stay afloat has always been my goal. My mom used to say when I was a kid that I was 4 going on 40. I think my parents hated the fact that I was so outspoken and independent. It certainly made their job so much harder. Either way, that independent spirit remains at my core...
Just let me fly and be who I want to be!