What is courage? That is a question I’ve been mulling over quite a bit since last week’s post. My answer, at least for the moment, is taking a first step.This applies to so many things as I go about my life.
On April 19th, the official date of Patriot’s Day, a holiday celebrating the start of the Revolutionary War, when the colonies broke from the rule of the British Empire, I received my second vaccination against COVID-19. OK, not a first step, but already I have taken several first steps and planned a few more once my two week post final dose milestone is reached. For example, I’ve scheduled appointments with my dentist and eye doctor. This morning I began reading over the latest CDC guidelines for what else I could do, that I haven’t done during the past 13.5 months.
Time to remove the mask
Remember when it felt strange to wear masks? Then it became routine. Now it takes courage to remove the mask even when I know I am with others who are fully vaccinated, as I am. I did remove my mask in front of a non family member this week.
The mask came off for another first step. I was taped in my studio for a town cable station. I am a member of Cohasset Open Studios. Since opening our studios, an annual event, wasn’t doable in 2020, we found ways to share our art. One way is through a series of short TV shows featuring 3 members in each show. It is my turn. I did it. I took that first step by agreeing to be taped.
Embrace the view
Could this be why dawn appeals to me so much? Every day, when the sun peeks out over the horizon is a new, glorious first step. Every artwork starts with a first step, whether it is facing a blank page, canvas or design wall. It is terrifying to begin some new. It is frighten to share work with others, as I do weekly. But the thrill and confidence derived is worth the terror.
I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.