I thought about the photography prompt during my workout class, while being in the grocery store, even while driving. It was nagging me all the time and I was close to give up.
Then it hit me when I least expected it. I was leafing through my (kind of) art journal when the words "Trust your crazy ideas" jumped at me. I have loved these words since I had received an envelope filled with stamps from my favorite stamp store in Santa Fe, NM. I was there last December and had ordered some stamps they didn't have in the store (they have great southwestern themed rubber stamps) and would send to me later. On the envelope Lee, the owner of the store, had stamped the words "Trust your crazy ideas". I had cut the words out of the envelope and used for a collage in that art journal. And I remembered to have seen the very same words in the wonderful book "5".
Trust your crazy ideas - this is something I need to tell myself over and over again, remind myself of almost every day. Stick to my ideas, take a photo the way I want, write a text about something that is important to me at that time. Don't worry about negative comments. Lead MY life and not a life according to the ideas of other people. And yes, some of my ideas are very different from those around me, but that doesn't mean they're worse or less worthy. They are important to me, and often to my family as well. That is what counts. But I need to remind myself of that more often than not.
Often I am an oddball, and that's okay. Actually, if someone calls me "odd" or even "weird" I take it as a compliment.
The rubber stamp store where it all began...
Oh, and if you like, pop over to Kim Klassen's Inspiration Studio tomorrow - I'm guest posting there about "Daily Practice".