The day started with a smell. Ordering a coffee from a local, tiny coffee shop I spoke with the young man behind the counter with a smile. It was warm for a late winter morning and I was pleased to start the day with an Americanized latte or cappuccino. I ordered said drink, with soy milk of course, and while the kid made my drink he was sipping a coke from a cup. He finished the drink and returned to the register. He took another sip of coke and looked up at me. He opened his mouth and instead of speaking a price he gave a soft, quiet belch. Coke burp wafted over at me as he gave me his price. He didn’t even notice. I was seconds away from saying something, and I do not even know what kept me from it. Maybe it was the fact that Coke Burp was so young, maybe 17 years old, 18 at the oldest. Maybe it was that Coke Burp wouldn’t have been able to do anything if I had decided to wrench his voice box from his throat since he weighed slightly more than three loaves of bread. Or maybe it was that the day was so nice or that the dollar was up or there were no Somali pirates about. Who knows. Coke Burp managed to live another day and my soy latte was warm and sweet (after I added two packets of natural sugar).
I had decided to take a much needed day off and I was trying to determine what to do with myself. There were so many options. I had a little money in my pocket, a couple Netflix movies awaiting my viewing, some things to watch on Hulu, books to read, good weather to enjoy. Lately I have been doing some thinking about my role in the world. And maybe this is why Coke Burp managed to keep all of his teeth. You see, my role on this world, as well as my mission in my art career were under question and I realize that the answer came with my own name. Well, my nickname. I am the Angel, and my studio has been named as such. Seraphim Studios. And it all came down to the name.
All of my work should represent these ideals. I have had many pieces that did not fit and since I have decided to get rid of these from my collection. I also decided that all the days of my life should fit this list. In remembering this, my decision, though not made, was made easier. My goal is to spend a dynamic life, an energetic life. One filled with passion and inspiration. The E does not stand for ease. The R does not stand for relaxation. My life was meant to be a dynamic one. Hours in front of a television might be fine for some people, but I have decided that this is not for me. This feeling has been growing for many months. Even my favorite TV shows have found more annoyance than relaxation from me. The world is HUGE, in both breadth and the experiences within it.
I returned home, grabbed the dog, and headed out into the sun, a place that will be my new home, as well as the home of the studio, for the foreseeable future.