Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Collage as Life Plan

It was March, 1997. I was freshly laid-off from my Big Job at The Big Famous Publishing Co., and I needed answers to some of life's biggest questions,
like: WTF am I going to do to pay the rent on my overpriced west village apartment??!!!! Am I supposed to be doing what I'm doing? Is the Universe telling me something?? WIll I ever get married & have varmints of my own? If I dropped dead suddenly, how long would it take someone to find me, if I don't have an office to report to? WILL I BE OK?

Relief came in the form of art, of course. An upstairs neighbor asked me to do a collage, to meditate over what I might want my life to be like. Here is what she wrote: "....the collage should include what you want to bring into your life, spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. Look for pictures that talk to your heart... do not pick from your mind. You may be surprised at what you pick."

Here is what I did, on that fateful day. Exactly 11 years later, all of my questions have been answered, and all of my images have been coaxed & weaved into the reality of my life. I encourage all of you to do the same. Seriously. It's way cheaper that therapy! Email me pics, & I'll post them here.

Inspired by Erin, who has been posting about "roadmaps" for life on her blog:


Krissy said...

I LOVE IT! Every single piece resonates with me. I'm so glad you shared!

design for mankind. said...

Awww, Heidi. This sort of made me cry, b/c I had a similar experience. And I so badly want to hear the details of your big bad publishing job--- I LOOOOVE the world of publishing! :)

katrina said...

This is perfect. I just came from the Design for Mankind site, and was contemplating how I would write it all out for myself. My problem is... it is practically impossible for me to keep things concise. (as you can probably tell, this comment is already getting long) Pros to this verbosity - I scored decently on the verbal portion of the SAT. Cons- I lose focus pretty rapidly. There is way too much for me to explain, especially in the tiny details of it all. Now with pictures- I might could get somewhere on one page. Maybe even a Life Plan! Thank you for the inspiration!

heidi said...

katrina, GREAT idea. I hope that while under the spell of your collage, you find what you're looking for!