Time flies by so quickly lately. At least more quickly than it used to. I can’t be the only one who feels that way, right?
Remembering Another Time
Not only is it December already, but today Facebook thoughtfully reminded me that it has been exactly nine years (!!!!) since I broke my ankle. You can read my rather humorous account of my brilliant idea for capturing a snow photo for that year’s Christmas card on my very old blog here, but that day had a more lasting impact on my life than I ever could have imagined. I didn’t get medical assistance immediately which resulted in the fracture separating more than would heal on it’s own. So now I permanently host a plate and three pins, which still cause discomfort when the barometric pressure changes. I don’t wear pretty shoes and walking on uneven ground for more than a few minutes means I’ll be suffering later in the day. Walking downhill is scary and being outside in icy conditions is terrifying.
I was wheelchair bound for several months and then in the mother of all protective “boots” for another couple of months. That meant I had to find something not golf to fill my days. That’s how I discovered digital scrapbooking; learned how to use Photoshop Elements 2 (!!!); and made online friendships that have endured to this day.
Time to be Grateful
Gratitude turns up in the most unexpected places. Digital scrapbooking (and the encouragement and support of those online friends) led me to start designing digi kits. That, in turn led me to start exploring physical art. I know I’ve said it before, but never in my life did I ever expect to discover that creating is an outlet I really need. I was 54 when I broke my ankle in December 2009. By the time I’d turned 55 the following February, a new passion had been born. Now, at 63, I’m sitting in my own little studio surrounded by my own artwork and a craft unit stuffed to the gils with art supplies.
Now, nine years later, my first class “Mixed Media Techniques” for the Digital Scrapbooker at The National Association of Digital Scrapbookers seems to have been very well received. And I have been booked to teach “Journaling 101” in January and another class at their annual Summit in March. I have taken tons and tons of online art classes and been introduced to intriguing art styles. Now I have even more wonderful online friends and way more than enough art projects to keep me busy forever.
So, as crazy as it may sound, I’m grateful for breaking my ankle on December 7, 2009 and for the totally unexpected journey it led me to. And if you are one of my online friends, I’m grateful to you, too, for your support and encouragement. What are you grateful for today?