I will begin my blogging journey with the story of the start of my mosaic journey. Right now, writing a blog is definitely more challenging than making mosaics! I’m going to take a “crack” at it!
I was in a car/deer accident about 20+ years ago. In my airbag molested haze, I started picking up little bits of my car while I waited for help on the side of a dark highway. I picked up glass, I picked up metal, I picked up plastic. It was at a time in my life where this accident seemed like the perfect metaphor for my life. There were a lot of pieces thrown about a dark, lonely road. None of the pieces could be put back together to make my car whole again. I was alone. I was scared. I was a mess.
While I was recovering from minor injuries, and waiting for a new car, I started to put the random bits of car parts together. I mixed in beads, broken plates, glass, rusty car parts, pebbles. I wasn’t sure where this was going or if it would actually BE anything. I was almost done laying pieces on a board I found in the basement when I looked down and realized that I only had really ugly pieces left to finish off what I started. Wow! I just spent a week putting bits of junk on a board and now I can’t even finish that!
Feeling frustrated, ashamed, angry, my daughter came musically, whimsically dancing into the room as 6 year olds do. Without taking a breath she giggled “You know, if you take the ugly pieces and mix them IN with the pretty pieces, it will make the whole thing beautiful!” I began my journey as a mosaic artist. Instead of being frustrated and annoyed when The “right” piece isn’t there, I find it to be meditative and reflective.
I often look at my life in individual pieces. This was a horrible day because of… I had a difficult childhood… My career choice sucks… But if I remind myself to mix in all the ugly parts, the things that are hard, the things that are sad, the things that don’t make sense, with the pretty parts, it really IS A BEAUTIFUL MOSAIC.
Everyday I add new pieces. Sometimes pretty, sometimes ugly. In the end, I hope to have completed my beautiful mosaic.