My husband’s Bubbie died today. She was 96 years young and was super active up until her last days. This picture is from a couple of years ago. We walked with her to the Mudder Museum and I swear I she was walking so fast, I was winded trying to keep up with her. Holy smokes, I hope that I will be as healthy as she was in my old age. I love that she just embraced all her days. She loved her family fiercely. And always advocated for what she thought was for the greater good. I am going to miss her so much.
But today I want to talk about how Goldie is inspiring my life long passions. You see Goldie has always been an activist for peace. She was a fixture at so many rallies and protests. She was part of the Granny Peace Brigade in Philadelphia (That is her on the far left in the cover photo….in the snow…and did I mention she was well into her 90s?). AND she was an AWESOME grandmom. But, to me her legacy as an activist for the causes she was so passionate about, is one of the things I will always remember about her. It will always inspire me to feed my passions. I have no doubt her passions are what kept her so very active and vibrant into her very last days.
I turn 50 this year, I realize my years behind me out number my years ahead of me. I’m sure you can empathize, we all go through this, and it is a bittersweet time. I am amazed at how my life has unfolded and very aware of the looming bucket list of what I still want to do in my time here. And especially since I do not have kids, the idea of legacy is something I have contemplated so very often. I mean when you have kids, that is a big part of how you live on, through the generations of your family after you. But the other ways you create legacy is through your life work, whether that is something creative like art and writing, or something more left brain like a life long research for a topic or cause you are passionate about. And if like me, you do not have kids, your legacy becomes more focused through your work.
It all boils down to what is you why? Your why is what drives your passion. I am finding my why is either evolving, or maybe even shifting as I stumble along. What was once just an expression of my visual language, has become inspiring other fiberistas to see their knitting, crocheting and other fiber arts as real art. To honor that creative spark in every one of you no matter what that looks like. I am saying, “Yes I see your visual language, your art” in what ever form you are called to express it. I love holding space for you and all that creative energy.
You are my Why. So my question for you is, what is your why? I know, a heavy question. I kind of don’t really expect an actual answer, but hopefully I am inspiring you to dive a little deeper into your passions.
This is one of my very favorite videos. Now go hug your elders.
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