I’m always on the lookout for cool stuff. There’s a quirky coffee shop I visit from time to time. They understand coffee and probably make the best coffee compared to a lot of other coffee spots in the area. Their decor and vaab (Cape Town for ‘vibe’) are unusual. Well, I suppose, just about everything about them is ‘unusual’. Anyways, they’ve painted part of their coffee shop with chalkboard paint. And, they allow people to write. Today one of their doors had something to remember, always.
With the post, Looking Back Move Forward, I started an untitled series on pivoting or managing transition. One of the things I led with in that post was that change is inevitable. We have to navigate is somehow. Thinking about the future used to scare me more in my younger years. I’ve learned to be more chilled with time. Speaking to another friend in transition made me think about why the future can seem intimidating.
Change is often a question of time; when and never if. One of the worst and naivest things we could do is think or assume it can’t and won’t come. Pivoting, a change in direction or strategy, if done well can move us forward; make us better. Managing transition is not always easy. We have to make sure we ask the right questions. We have to start with the right step. As I navigate change I remember to start in the past. Looking back move forward.
When we walk into a gallery or painter’s studio, Ingrid and I perform the same action but differently. She studies, brush strokes, looks at the use of colour, and questions the medium used. When I look at a painting, none of those things matter. This gets me thinking on creators as critics.
Arrogance of any kind is never healthy. It blindsides and destroys. It is easy to look at how other people live their lives, the decisions they make and think, “That could never be me…” Or, “I could never be that dumb or depraved…” At a safe distance from the crucible it s easy to think you are immune from failure or challenge. I thought I’d echo the words a friend said to me, “… you are not as immune as you think…”