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The Meaning of YOUR Life

Don’t worry about what the world needs.  Ask what makes you come alive and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.   Howard Thurman

I don’t believe there is a question of what the meaning of LIFE is but rather, I believe we should ask ourselves what the meaning of OUR Life is.  Overall, I think we’re here to love, to connect, to share, to experience, to feel and to ‘be’ with all our hearts.

I think there comes a time (probably the catalyst for me writing this) when you realize what you are missing from your life.

I remember there was a time, well, all through high school and college, when I surrounded myself with people who were artsy, eclectic, bohemian, hippie chic and just super chill and down to earth.  I felt real, untamed and like I was just being and living in the moment.  I loved this part of my life and sometimes it seems like “Life” and everything you’re working for catches up to you and hits you in the face so as to wake you up.  It’s not a dream and we’re not here to live “just to pay the bills” or “make a living.”

Fact of the matter is, I’ve missed this part of me.  The girl who used to wave her arm out the car window and just absorb the present.  I remember that but have forgotten it as the years have moved on and I molded myself into a go getter and a Fierce Fighter, working to slay off fear so I could get to what I wanted next.

The way I came to this remembrance of the girl I used to be is through Etsy.  I have been scouring that site to create my own shop that will inspire you all in other ways and to have an idea I had over a year ago, come to fruition.  I will be telling you more about this when I get closer to its completion.  I have seen all these amazing handmade things and read articles on shop owners doing what they love…and it’s opened up a new chapter for me.

my first collage 2003

my first collage 2003

I told you all a couple weeks ago about my purging of unwanted items and the cleaning of my entire upstairs.  Well, with that came some hard decisions to let go of the things I used to think I needed and wanted.  But then it got easier as I moved along…

In this pile of forget, I found things that I had left behind.  Parts of my history and things that tapped into my past that I remember so well but have forgotten so easily.

ceramics, coiled shells

So, with all this being said, I’m here to send you a message:

Ask yourself what it is that you feel passionate about doing.

What is it that when you spend time doing this thing, you feel like it makes you better at the end of it?

first ever mask project ceramics

For me, it’s my art.  I remember being on the verge of finding my niche.  It took me 6 years and my art teacher telling me in front of the entire class (I’ll never forget you Mrs. Marks:)…she was also the most brutally honest woman I knew and respected for that reason because she helped me grow)….she said, “Ashley, stop riding the same damn horse.”  I listened to her and throughout college I did my best to seek new methods and to stop being scared of bright color and odd shapes.  Just to “go for it” without worrying about the outcome.

my favorite type of ceramics: coil and paddling. 

So in the Fall, after my return from Peru I am going to join our local ceramics studio and begin creating again.

I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.   Joseph Campbell

WHAT IS IT THAT YOU’VE BEEN WANTING TO DO BUT HAVEN’T TAKEN THE TIME TO DO YET?

WHAT IS IT THAT MAKES YOU FEEL PASSIONATE.  MAYBE IT’S DOING SOMETHING, CREATING SOMETHING OR BEING SOMEWHERE.  DO MORE OF IT WHATEVER IT IS!  A.J.

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    Ashley, thank you for sharing this. Sometimes we need to be reminded to take stock of our self and the life that we live. Far too often it is easy to get caught up in the exigencies of life and lose sight of the true meaning of our Life. To ask or be asked these questions is sometimes hard because it needs honesty and a dose of humility to answer them.
    I do believe that we each have a purpose in life and that our unique individuality is our means to fulfill that purpose. Our talents and inclinations, our quirks and idiosyncracies, when examined and fully engaged often show us the path we ought to take. Quite often as well, there are people we meet who serve as inspirations for us to pursue those things we are passionate about.
    Having said all of these things, I must say that my stumbling upon Fierce Forward a few months ago made me ask the same questions you are asking above, Ashley. I have learned – and am continuing to learn – many new things. Now that I have read and re-read this post, it also made me rediscover things I already know but were somehow “kept away” or laid dormant as the years have gone by and life events have taken over.
    I’ve been in a rut for the past month or so. Your message here is like a catalyst for me to make some changes and put forward the things that are really important in my life. I can’t say THANK YOU enough for boosting me up with your message here!:)

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