Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that,
the sooner we will be able to treat life as art.”
Life is art. How many times have we heard this statement? When we hear something often enough, we have to wonder for ourselves, “Is that true?” I absolutely think it is!
Art is everywhere. In life, creative expression has myriad purposes, and the way we perceive art and its meaning are unique to each one of us. The same is true for life. We actually have the choice to “make our lives a beautiful work of art.” We are walking through life—journeying, if you will—from our own vantage point to a destination of our very own making. Much like an artist creates his or her work of art, we create the landscape of our lives with the paintbrush of our words, actions, and experiences.
What if we approached every opportunity and challenge as if it were part of some great masterpiece we are creating? Remember in school when art class was such fun—a reprieve from math, science, history, and grammar lessons? I have to admit that art class was my favorite. I liked it so much that I showed up for every class with great enthusiasm, and my teachers really appreciated that about me. When we approach life as if we are taking a lifelong art class, life becomes a joyful journey! And, as Maya Angelou says in the quote above, “a pure adventure”!
But let’s be honest: sometimes life can feel more like work than an adventure, or fun, right? One of my close friends is an avid hiker; she has hiked many mountains all over the world and has had many stories to tell. So let’s picture a steep hike up a mountain. There may be rocky terrain threatening our footing, a cliff alongside our path, some boulders we need to scramble over, and sometimes even rain that makes walking uphill a slippery slope. Nevertheless, there are moments of pure exhilaration, the beauty of nature to greet our eyes, the wisps of high-altitude clouds, and the sheer delight of reaching the top. Now that’s a masterpiece!
Like a mountain hike, leading a magnificent life takes effort. There’s certainly no denying that. But we do it anyway. We do it because we know that each step we take has meaning; it has a purpose on our life canvas. Deep within our hearts we know that the rewards of our journey are many. They paint our lives in brilliant colors, interesting textures, and abundant splashes of peace, happiness, and love.
Yes, life is art, and each of us is truly creating and living an artful journey through our time on this planet! So, tell me, what does your masterpiece look like?