I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought about posting here, and then got distracted by working on all of these prints I am prepping to sell. There are so many details once you get to the computer end of things, that I’ve been overlooking this blog. When my husband sent me this quote by the amazing Bill Watterson (aka: author and illustrator of a childhood favorite of mine, Calvin and Hobbes), I had to share it:
“Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential-as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.
You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them.
To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.”
-Bill Watterson, 1990, Kenyon College Commencement
Also, I thought I’d share one of my future prints. What do you think? I first heard the phrase below at a lecture by Dave Eggers about a year ago. Best!