Today it is time to share our slice of life for the challenge at “Two Writing Teachers”.
I came across a quote by Neil Gaiman which has stuck with me and resonates deeply.
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
It lent itself to the creation of this poem and then an art piece.
Making new things
trying new things
Doing new things
Changing your world
Go ahead, make mistakes.
What a wonderful mantra to follow for 2015. Especially as my word of the year is “Bloom!
No matter our age, we can all still learn and grow.
I want to take these words to heart and make lots of mistakes this year and relish in them.
Oh, I do love this – from the original quote to your poetic response to your artwork. Just beautiful!
Thanks so much Tara. If you check the link for Neil, there’s an expanded look at his new year wishes.
So do I! It IS beautiful!
And the word bloom is fabulous!
Thanks Loralee – it was fun to do. But the words really do resonate.
I have this on a magnet on my fridge, “make new mistakes.” I understand it more fully now. Thanks.
Love that Margaret! Will have to adopt that too.
“Make new mistakes” opens the opportunity to venture into unkown territory. It is definitely something I am willing to aspire to.
So agree Meg. If you’re not afraid to try, you never know where it will lead.
This is an awesome slice. I love love love the quote and I love your reflection too. Thank you.
Thanks Lisa. After reading the quote the other things just happened. I tend to like to make an art response if I can.
Love both the poem and your artwork. It reminds me of a word I’m already thinking of choosing for my OLW 2016! Messy. I’ll have to bookmark your post and reread it next year!
Thanks for the lovely comment. THe OLW really has been a special way to go through the year with.
Lovely. Sometimes the mistakes we made sometimes make for the best stories.
So true. We may call them mistakes but maybe they were meant to be.
I always love your art work, Bev, & this is a beautiful piece to hang up, a reminder for every day. What a quote. I think I’ll share this with students tomorrow. They’re in the throes of preparing for a big night of sharing learning, need some inspiration! Thanks!
Thanks Linda. Check the link for Neil as there are other similar new year quotes. Al the best.
Gaiman is incredible. As is your poem and your OLW.
Thanks so much!