Throughout Wreck This Journal there are a number of blank pages that serve as spaces for random creativity. While working on a collage for another project, I came across some advertisements in a magazine that inspired my muse to fill one of those pages.
The tree root backdrop came from a National Geographic Traveler, while the letters on this page came from an ad for a car (I think). I simply cut out and rearranged the letters until I got a phrase that made sense. Then, I finished the thought along the right edge. I must have had Robert Frost on the brain when I filled this page as it alludes to one of my favorite quotes:
Two roads diverge in a wood and I –
I took the one less traveled by
And that has made all the difference
Recently, I met with a friend who asked me an interesting question about how I came to be confident in who I am (including the weirdness). Her question took me by surprise and I wasn’t sure how to answer it until I came across the above page in my journal.
The truth is I’ve never considered myself to be an overtly confident person, but rather accepting and content with who I am. I’ve always been a little different and I’ve always embraced the idea of walking a different path. Even as a child, I knew I didn’t want to blend into the group. I can distinctly remember thinking how boring it would be if everyone was the same. Perhaps, my “confidence” stems from never being afraid of exploring the unpaved path or one which has no footprints. After all, the grandest adventures come from daring to go where no one has gone before, (Star Trek wisdom rocks).
Of course, spending a large part of my childhood in the depths of the Northwoods also might have something to do with my attraction to unpaved roads.
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