There are many things to be grateful for as we grow older, and I think that one of these is the realisation that it’s good to put yourself outside of your comfort zone, because frankly what is there to lose?!
And maybe this past year with all of its craziness and difficulties has brought it home to me even more, that life is made to be enjoyed, to make the most of, not only for ourselves but for those around us.
Have you noticed how this pandemic has made people more mindful of others? And how it has made the small pleasures in life seem more important? As if being forced to change our daily routine has enabled us to change focus, and think more about our priorities, our pleasures and how we use our time.
One of the things I started doing last March during the first confinement were my live videos on Instagram. It was a huge step for me, to be in front of the camera instead of the other end of the lens. As my daughters succinctly put it, I simply had to get over myself. So I did, and they were of course right. While I still don’t really enjoy seeing myself on my screen, I do love the conversations that I’ve had with some amazing people. The interviews, the shared moments.
And tomorrow I am taking the potential for making a fool of myself one step further, since I’ll broadcast a live video of me taking a watercolour class. Crazy? yes probably. But as I said, seriously, what do I have to lose.
I’m really looking forward to attempting a watercolour painting under the guiding hand of artist Ann Engelhart. She is talented, highly trained, and (I hope) very patient! Her watercolour will be masterful and mine won’t, but I look forward to the shared moment. It will be fun to chat with Ann, and to hopefully bringing those watching some enjoyment too. The live will take place at 3.30pm French time, and 9.30 EST, and after that it will be available on my Instagram page here.
So now I have a question for you. And I’d love to hear your answer in the comments below. When was the last time that you put yourself in danger of looking ridiculous? Or simply put yourself out of your comfort zone? and how did that go?
And of course if you would like to join us tomorrow then that would be great! Below is the list of materials you’ll need for the class, and if you send me your pictures after we finish, I’ll happily share them on my Instagram story.