Updated: Feb 25
United Kingdom / Midlands 17.11.2020
This is essentially for everyone in my life who has helped shape me whether consciously or not into the person I am now. Family, friends , customers, work colleagues, online friends that I haven't met yet. Thank you for all your support over the years. Even now at the time when the whole world has lost its mind and we are confined to house arrest like animals I find myself feeling grateful and are reminded of the people who helped inspire me, shaped my mind and my actions. This blog is dedicated to you. The world has lost its mind but don't worry I'm not going to rant about the shit virus anymore, I think we all could use a break from talking about it. So I'll give you my update and my appreciation instead. Its long over due.
As much as its effected everyone else at the same time as effecting me, this whole shit storm of a "pandemic" has really lifted some fog from my brain. Picasso said "No great work can be done without long periods of solitude". Its been a good time to reflect on what I want more of in life and what I want less of in life. Let me start off by saying with all the love respect to people in lockdown I am looking at this from the point of view of an artist wanting to grow. We all know there is sensitive souls out there who get insulted by the tiniest of details now a days so no bad words to say about people actually locked in from illness or anyone whose been directly effected from the illness.
Its been a good time to sit down and do some writing that's been long over due. I've written lists for plans for next year of things I want more of and things I will let go of. I encourage you to do the same if you are someone who is growing and has goals and wants to progress as a person and as a creative. But be careful, don't plan to much, because life never plans out that way anyways. There will be some things that happen that you can't control or didn't expect...like this shit lockdown. So don't plan to much.
I want to take the time to say a big thank you to my family, friends, customers and work colleagues and support from online folk for helping me grow so much in the last few years, even in this shit storm of a pandemic I'm growing even faster than ever before! I want to say a big thank you to all my customers who have entrusted me with there bodies with my visons to express myself as much as I possibly can this year, I hope with the way things are in November in the United Kingdom that we will be allowed back to work in December like the government said they would but you never no with them anymore. I look forward to working again so I can continue working with you all. I have big plans for 2021 bringing in large scale ideas of my latest designs and making the time to travel more. Recently I turned 30 and one thing I can say is "wow" the sense of urgency has come over me so fast it reminds me of a big black cloud (creepy laugh to myself). Even though I don't believe that this is my correct age or that this is the first time I've been on this planet it does make the vision all the more important and clearer. Especially when your locked in your house with a computer and a notepad.
Thank you to everyone who has come into contact with me in the past few years. And a BIG thankyou to the haters, you shaped me the most. All the rocks you threw at me I saved and collected to build a wonderful life to birth my dreams and goals into and to express myself fully. Thank you to all my work colleagues over the years who have taught me so much about customer service, humanity and kindness. Thank you to everyone who ever gave me a like, shared my work and shared my passion or showed an interest in what I do and how I live. You make my dream life the more possible for me thank you. Thank you to all customers who jumped over there fears and get the work done they always wanted to. Thank you for choosing me to give you this experience. Thankyou to all the customers and friends who allow me to express myself and experiment with my vision! Thank you for allowing me this gift. Thankyou to my close friends who continuously inspire me to work longer and harder and to stay focus, and most of all thank you for showing me new things!
Thankyou lockdown ....oooft careful don't get insulted now will you. Thank you lockdown for showing me that solitude can be good and thankyou Picasso for the quote. Thankyou alcohol for showing me the person I never want to be. Thankyou to my family who always support every decision I make no matter how bizarre that is. Thank you to all who support me, follow me and thank you to whoever is reading this. I hope we cross paths one day. Life is to short to not do what burns inside you. If you listen carefully enough you can hear your dreams talking to you. Shh. Hear that? That tiny little voice in the distance is your dream. Go to it then think, take massive action because you all no that an idea without execution is delusion.
I was thinking earlier to myself how much of a shit show this year has been? I mean lets not forget the amount of businesses that have been forced to close, people who have died from the illness etc etc. Then I thought, hey I'm still alive? what the fuck am I doing so I got my pen and pad and starting jotting down ideas. Never stop learning people! to some of you this might be your default but to someone reading this it could be a gentle reminder to put the bottle down and get back on track. This blog hasn't gone the way I originally wanted it to go but o well, this is what has come naturally to me so I'm going to run with it.
Thank you thank you thank you to everyone in my life who has helped shape and inspire me the last few years this blog is my appreciation to you. Stay strong in the lockdown and in life! Write your list of things you want to change and work towards it!
I look forward to meeting all new customers in 2021 continuing working with you all
Remember run towards your fears, if you don't jump your parachute will never open
All the love