“Backs Against the Fence” and 2012 Word of the Year

Backs Against the Fence ©2011 Tracy Wall

Backs Against the Fence
oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
12″ x 30″
©2011 Tracy Wall

Pretty “quotaliscious” here….

In the past few months, I’ve been doing a lot of looking back in life and comparing it to what I want to see when I look forward.  I’ve been feeling a little too safe, with only slow calculated chances taken.  So how then do you make changes and grow without taking chances?

“I have always had a dread of becoming a passenger in life.”  .  — Queen Margret II of Denmark

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” —Anaïs Nin

What perfect timing.  I approach somewhat of a milestone birthday this year and can feel my “back against the wall” in that the time is now to start a shift.

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” — Maria Robinson

Don’t get me wrong; some shifting has already begun (like potential gallery associations) and I’m ecstatic!  But new experiences can help break me from the plateau.    It’ll involve believing in myself and taking a chance or two (or three, or lots more!)

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”  — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

So I’ve chosen the word Adventurous to be my 2012 Word of the Year  and (thx to Mirriam-Webster and Dictionary.com) can be defined…..

ad-ven-tur-ous  (adjective)
a : disposed to seek adventure or to cope with the new and unknown <an adventurous explorer>
b : innovative <an adventurous artistic style>
Adventurous implies a willingness to accept risks but not necessarily with a lack of caution.

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”-– Helen Keller

This doesn’t mean you’ll find me bungee-jumping or anything crazy.  Just trying things new to me.  Some things I try will be tremendous and fabulous.  Some might be uneventful or may not work out as well.  The key for me: no fear of poor results, no trying to meet others expectations.  Just me.

“You can find your life if you are willing to embark on a great adventure, for those who seek to protect their heart are surely the ones who will lose it.”  — Anonymous

Whether these adventures are in art, massage, business, relationships, travel, or fun pursuits, this is the only life I know I’ll be living (reincarnation still up for debate in my book) so I best do all I can in this one.

“One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world — making the most of one’s best.” — Richard Willard Armour

Can all these intelligent quoted people be wrong?

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4 Responses to “Backs Against the Fence” and 2012 Word of the Year

  1. joy schultz says:

    Hi Tracy,
    It was so wonderful to see you the other night and i LOVE your choice of the word adventure for this year. I’ll share the word with you and if you ever never a booster shot or an ear to leave an doubts behind I am hear (yes…a pun) for you. So much love and support. Adventure be,
    Joy

  2. Tracy Wall says:

    Hey Joy,
    Aren’t you funny! You’ll be my #1 booster. Thanks for the support, and carry on with your adventurous spirit too!

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