When I was younger, I had so many questions, and I was determined to ask them all. Sometimes (it seemed) all in one day! Haha I love to learn and if I could make a living going to school, I WOULD!!
But what I have discovered is that I’m living a life of labels. Everything has to fit neatly into it’s designated box. Just. Like. So.
I recently went to a education workshop and the focus was The Theory of Loose Parts, if you are a parent/child care provider/teacher GOOGLE IT!! It’s quite fascinating. It’s basically a way to allow children to explore their world and to use their imaginations using “found material in their environment”. So think bottle caps, gems, rocks, sticks, marbles, winecorks, etc, basically things that most adults (myself included) would LABEL trash/useless.
During the workshop, we were given a bag of STUFF (water bottle caps, different shaped gems, a shaker bottle top, container bottoms) and asked to play with it. I’ll be honest, I had NO clue what to do with it. It was a little eye-opening to think that I consider myself a unique little snowflake that doesn’t live my life by rigid rules and points of view. But!! I couldn’t unsee the use of these items beyond what my adult brain had learned. A couple adults in my group managed to come up with a little game to see about getting the gems into the shaker top. But I was stuck.
Anyways, my family life has been a little hectic and I needed to take a creative break. So I went thrifting. I wanted to see if i could find something for my littles (my class) to use. Nothing jumped at me for the class, but I found this.
I had NO idea what these things were and I didn’t want to know. But when i picked them up, I saw infinite possibilities. I saw my youngest threading ribbons, suncatchers; just to name a couple.
Windchimes! There was a sudden and very strong pull to make a windchime! My best friend just bought her first house and I wanted to send her a gift.
It little grate had so much possibility. While I’m not done yet. I’m very pleased with it’s start.
Here is what this little experience taught me…I’m living my life and labels and have been only seeing what IS, not what could be. Today I am overweight and broke but I’m not going to stay that way. I need to learn how to be present but also how to SEE a future that I want to have.
So when you look in the mirror, what do you see…