I had a thought tonight as I finished watching “The Theory of Everything.” If you have not seen this movie yet, find the time to watch it. If you don’t walk away from the movie a changed person with a little more insight into humanity, then watch it again-obviously you missed something the first time. That wasn’t the thought, though. No, the thought was something I would tell my younger self (and younger just means “Todd that is before Present Todd” See—Younger Todd sounds better, doesn’t it?
It would go a little like this.,
Dear Younger Todd,
When given the chance, always kiss the girl. There will be doubt. When the doubt clouds everything and threatens to shut you down at your core, when it threatens to steal your words, when it turns your hands into a damp washcloth on a mid-summer Ohio River afternoon, you must absolutely, if given the chance, kiss the girl. The kiss will kill doubt. For that one instant. Not for ever. But for that kiss. For that one to 17 timeless seconds, doubt will be gone.
Hold on to that time, that memory, those seconds without doubt. Call them to the foreground when doubt and fear fill your head and heart with lies. And if necessary, kiss the girl again.
Do this until your first reaction when faced with doubt and fear is a lingering memory of an amazing kiss. This is your armor. The lips – your shield.
Dear Older Todd,
Same thing still applies, old man.
I have a few memories like this. I must admit that I didn’t think to use them as armor until tonight. Did I mention it was an amazing movie? Well, it is.
I had a goal this month to get words in every day. I didn’t worry about a word count for this goal–it seemed to me that a count goal might be a little too intimidating. So the deal is just to write. Whatever. Backstory, front story, bloggy blog blog posts, research posts from the library (sorry, I just finished watching The Librarians). Anything. Words. It didn’t matter. Just that they got written.
I thought about incorporating art into that. If I do a digital painting (or a real one), does that count toward my words (not sure these pictures are worth a thousand words. Is that even still a thing?).
Anyway, here are the two pieces of art I created in 2019 so far:
I like both of them for different reasons, but I like the fact that light is rising. Seems that what I’ve been needed to see–the light. The weeds growing where nothing did. Greenery on the sheer face of the rock.