There's been a lot of moving happening in and around my life lately. My daughter has moved from eastern Washington to southern California. My son has moved from the city to the suburbs. Although, I'm physically in the same place on the map, my past and present along with my mind and heart has moved all over the place. All this illustrates clearly that moving is more that physical or spatial, it's emotional and creative, too.
Moving over mountains.
We all know it doesn't matter whether you're making a move across town or country, it's a lot of physical hard work. Packing and unpacking. Lifting and hauling. This time there was a piano and an organ to move along with the usual beds, dressers, desks, chairs, couch and big screen tv. Add California or Oregon sunshine and temperatures in the 90's and it's a real work out.
We all made it and I have to say, it made me realize how important my daily walks and yoga classes are to my overall strength and endurance. I'd been taking that for granted, but I'm not anymore! I love my walks and yoga and I love how it makes me feel: strong and healthy.
A moving experience.
Moving brings up many feelings for me. It's sad to leave the old, exciting to greet the new and frustrating, tiring, inspiring and, ultimately, a relief. I've designed homes and lived in rentals along the way and each time, I find a certain satisfaction in creating a new living space in a new place that fits my life and my family.
It's always been hard for me when my 'kids' moved away. It didn't matter if it was 5 minutes, 20 minutes or 4 hours away, it felt like they were on another planet. I missed hearing them rustle around in the morning. I missed seeing them come home at night. I wondered and worried. I felt a deep space kind of loss. Now they are their own planets spinning in their own orbits with their own share of storms coming their way. All I can do is listen and help out a little and hope there are no black holes in their path.
In my creative life, I've moved around a lot, too. As unpacked my own boxes and cleaned out my closets, one thing became really clear to me: I am and always have been creative. I was born that way. From writer to artist, words to paint to metal to clay, my media has definitely changed over the years. Removing the dust from my closets revealed an amazing amount of work I've done over the years that I'd completely forgotten.
What I'm beginning to see is that some of my new creative moves aren't really that new at all. They're just different lines or colors or textures layered onto my evolving creative life. And that, I think is what moving and living is really all about.