I'm so glad to be back here. It has been more than a year since my last post and quite a lot has changed since then. If you will bear with me, I'd like to take some time and space to get you up to date, so that subsequent posts will make sense and feel cohesive.
At the time of my last post, June 21, 2011 (Summer Solstice Day) a spiral-shaped bacteria was growing rapidly in my body. Within a month of being bitten by a deer tick, I could barely walk due to symptoms of Acute Lyme Disease. I had severe muscle cramps in my legs, and my brain fog was so bad that I was afraid to drive for long distances. I was sleeping anywhere from 8 to 12 hours a night and would take 2 or 3 hour naps during the day. Needless to say, my life came to an unceremonious halt. I kept thinking, "How can an organism so small make me feel so bad and unable to function."
The good news now is that I am healed, for the most part. I began antibiotic treatments in July 2011 and finished up in April of this year. So far so good. I have residual foot and leg pain that may or may not go away on it's own, but I can live with that. I get regular acupuncture and massage treatments that are very helpful in reducing that discomfort.
The other good news is that I take much better care of myself now than I ever have. I had to stop drinking alcohol during the time I was on the meds. That dry period was so good for me and now I rarely touch a drink. I love my newfound clarity. I eat exceptionally well. I joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and participate in a work share. I work on the farm for 4 hours a week and in return for my efforts I receive more fresh, organic vegetables than I can possible consume. My body is rejoicing! Dare I say that contracting Lyme Disease has made me more healthy than I was before.
During this past year I moved back to my hometown, which has turned out to be one of the coolest places to live in the whole country. We are the first Fair Trade Town in the country, where the majority of the shops carry items that are purchased directly from the makers, rather than second or third-hand vendors. I have become active in some other very progressive community initiatives, including a time bank, and tool share. I can walk to most of my routine shopping, to friends houses, and to the plentiful festivals and events on the main drag. The sense of community that I feel here is so satisfying and I finally feel as though I'm where I belong. Yes, you can come home again!
My artwork is...well...a bit all over the place right now. Future posts will get you up to speed on where I am headed creatively. From what I have read from other artists of my age and career stage, I'm right on time. I've entered my Second Creative Adolescence, where experimentation and taking risks are crucial to further artistic evolution and movement. With that being said, life happens too. The bills still have to be paid, the economy is still stagnant in many areas (mine, for sure), and needs require a certain reality check. I have only myself to fall back on. It's a scary yet exhilarating and liberating time of life!
It's a time for new ways of thinking, new approaches to challenges, building new relationships, and accepting the "new normal." It's time for a new blog title! It's a Life Reboot. I would love for you to share some of your Life Rebooting with me here. What no longer works for you and how are you coming to terms with the changes you feel you must make in order to move forward? What are you editing out of your life? What are you adding? Where do we go from here?