Big changes are coming my way — I’m so excited for the next adventure, but also shitting myself at the enormity of it. So coming across Laura Stack‘s Embracing Change: A Few Good Reasons To Keep It Moving Forward (from TLNT.com via LinkedIn) was serendipitous!
Stack’s one of America’s premier experts on productivity, and though she’s writing about change in organisations, her comments are relevant to life, too.
–> “The only completely consistent people are dead.” — Aldous Huxley
–> If you embrace change, who knows what wonders await you?
–> Rather than mire yourself in the mud of complacency and familiarity, learn as much as you can as change washes through, then apply Walt Disney’s famous dictum: keep moving forward.
–> Focus on the benefits: Most changes won’t devastate you. (I.e. You always have some sort of safety net. For me, it’s the love and support of my family and close friends. And Visa. Yes, there will be some inconveniences, but you need to remember you’re making the change because you’re over day after day in Rut City. The benefits outweigh the little shitty things.)
–> Smooth the transition; phase it in gradually.
–> Keep moving forward.
What some other people had to say about change…
“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.” – Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” – Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky
“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” – Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Screenplay)
“Just because I liked something at one point in time doesn’t mean I’ll always like it, or that I have to go on liking it at all points in time as an unthinking act of loyalty to who I am as a person, based solely on who I was as a person. To be loyal to myself is to allow myself to grow and change, and challenge who I am and what I think. The only thing I am for sure is unsure, and this means I’m growing, and not stagnant or shrinking.” – Jarod Kintz, At even one penny, this book would be overpriced. In fact, free is too expensive, because you’d still waste time by reading it.
“We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World-losers and world-forsakers,
Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems.” – Arthur O’Shaughnessy, Poems of Arthur O’Shaughnessy
“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” – Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
“So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?” – Hunter S. Thompson
“Let us toast to animal pleasures, to escapism, to rain on the roof and instant coffee, to unemployment insurance and library cards, to absinthe and good-hearted landlords, to music and warm bodies and contraceptives… and to the “good life”, whatever it is and wherever it happens to be.” – Hunter S. Thompson, The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman
“Stop pretending. You wanted to be real right? This hurts, this is what it feels like, this is the growing up, the stoping pretending, the false past tap-dancing. This is the owning. This is the no-i-won’t-be-performing, this is growing out of the glamour and back into the tattered shabby mis-constructed hearts shadow. This is me owning. This is me admitting. This is me realing-up, maning-up. growing up, wanting up.” – Coco J. Ginger
When I was hunting online for an appropriate picture for this blog’s header, I came across some creative interpretations of ‘Field Guide to…’
To deviate briefly…
I’ve always admired clever creative types. I remember when I was about 12 or 13, my family went to the SA coast for a trip. My Dad took me to the local RSL hall, to see an art exhibition. I lost interest pretty quickly (lots of the same ‘bowl of fruit’ style interpretations, looked like lots of the members had done their first life drawing class and wanted to have an ‘art show’) and I remember Dad lamenting, “But you love art!” and me thinking, “Yeah…when it’s good!”
One of my absolute favs is Fab Ciraolo – I came across his Marilyn Monroe on Twitter (via @fabciraolo).
His Monroe started my love affair with his work (particularly Judy Garland, Dali, Princess Di, and 90s throwbacks: re-imagined characters from Thundercats, Jem and the Holograms and Captain Planet.) Can’t wait til I can afford prints!!
Some of my other long-time favs:
- Old-school artists like Degas and Van Gogh, and M.C. Escher (esp. 1948 ‘Drawing Hands’ lithograph).
- Pop artists Warhol and Lichtenstein. I visited a Warhol exhibition in 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas. All his work is interesting, but it was the first time I learned of (and saw) the Oxidization paintings, sometimes called his ‘Piss Paintings’. As well as his iconic work, I also loved his documentary-style black-and-white photos of young celebs (all old or deceased now, of course).
- Street artists Banksy and Shepard Fairey.
- Comic book artists: Frank Miller, and the Brian Bolland/Alan Moore collaboration that resulted in this iconic pic of The Joker.
- Illustrators Shane Prigmore (seen the movie Coraline? That’s him), Camille Rose Garcia
- ‘Golden Age’ Disney artists (30s-50s) like Marc Davis and Eric Larson (animators on the 1950 film Cinderella – always enjoyed the three fairy godmothers), who used live-action models to guide accuracy in animation. Christopher Finch in The Art of Disney explains, “Disney insisted that all scenes involving human characters should be shot first in live-action to determine that they would work before the expensive business of animation was permitted to start. The animators did not like this way of working, feeling it detracted from their ability to create character. However they understood the necessity for this approach in retrospect and acknowledged that Disney had handled things with considerable subtlety.” …I was in Orlando, Florida just after my 20th birthday, and my sister and I visited Disney-MGM Studios. In one of the buildings, they had Disney artists/animators sitting at little tables, and you could buy sketches of Disney characters and have the animators personalise them. I bought a couple of Mulan and Beauty and the Beast ones, and the artist added on ‘Happy 20th Birthday – October 30th, 2004’. Awesome memory.
- Tattoo artists eg. Kat von D and Chris Garver.
- Photographers (including up-and-comers like my portrait photographer friend Lewis Loder)
The increasing popularity of, and corporate trend towards, digital media means more work for computer-savvy graphic designers — and more great stuff for me to look at! Web Urbanist said it better: “Watching an artist turn a piece of paper and some graphite into a realistic, imaginative work of art is amazing enough – but somehow, seeing such illustrations come to life from pixels on a computer screen can seem even more magical.”
But back to the Field Guides…
Who knows whether the authors were paid to create them (and who knows – the variety of job titles and responsibilities today, along with consumer demand), or created it when they clocked off? Either way, I love their idea of taking something traditional (‘Field Guide to Edible Plants’ etc.) and applying it to something else. As a fan of Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe, I would totally buy the ‘Field Guide to Heavy Metal Satan Fingers’ and have it framed as cool wall art.
And here’s some of Shane Prigmore‘s work for Coraline (via Web Urbanist):
[For all the pics on this post, I’ve linked back to the sources – no copyright infringement intended!]