I had a great conversation with my long-time friend Justin Blake last night about life. We touched on what we’ve learned, how we’ve changed, how we’ve stayed the same and how we’d like to move forward. The conversation ranged from our childhood memories to things we used to do and how we used to think. We talked about woman (always), art (also always), nature, our purpose, recent memories, challenges, new perspectives and things we are working on changing.
“The unexamined life is not worth living…” - Socrates
Justin and I grew up together in and around Ann Arbor, Michigan and are fortunate to live miles away from each other here in Los Angeles. We get together often and check in on ourselves and catch up on all things life like we did yesterday.
Last night, the take-away from our conversation was, “Be in Process”. What does that mean? We defined being in process as being present in our purpose. Always evolving, taking action, being in motion versus being static and thinking about doing. We shed away our past (mistakes) and also let go of future (expectations). What remains is our truth, where we stand in this moment. Being in process is being honest with ourselves of how far we’ve come, how we feel now with our lives in this moment and living / working from that honest place with-in.
Another way I thought about this is there is no way to paint a painting without painting, like there is no way to write a story without writing. Therefore there is no way to live a life without living, doing and taking action. Instead of thinking about painting the painting. Start the painting. Our lives ARE the painting.
If we are at peace, present and honest, then we are in the perfect place to move forward with intention into our purpose, and constantly re-adjust to the fluid landscape of our senses and our feelings.
There are endless ways and perspectives to look at our lives from. We found that we are highly blessed, to be alive and healthy, to be young and creative, to be living in LA, to be working on ourselves, our art.
Inviting everyone reading this to exercise “being in process” with whatever calls you in this moment.