Even in Siberia there is happiness

‘Even in Siberia there is happiness’

Anton Chekhov

We are indeed in uncharted territory. Friends and loved ones are placed in uncertain danger simply due to the work they do. Liberty as we have known it is distorted, daily choices have become reduced and open to scrutiny. Those who have seen careers put on hold are now beginning to be concerned about what long term future holds. Some days I make the monumental mistake of comparing what I do, to others who appear to have all things sorted; they are making their own bread, cooking lovely cakes, teaching their children and chairing remote meetings. All this while being dressed in the trendiest outfit, full make up and coiffured hair. Yes, I know, it is all a game. But its like one of those pieces of music you hear in the distance and then have swimming round, and round and round in your head until you think you are moving towards madness. Today is not one of those days, I have buffered myself from all the social noise and regained control in my makeshift workspace and done what I do. I have sought not to compare myself to others. I have not been (too) anxious about what I write, I have just done it. And do you know I feel better already. Do what makes you happy today, and if that includes paint splashed jeans and a shirt with bleach stains then so be it. You are enough, the day holds plenty of the things we need to survive, love, hope, happiness.

30.4.2020

30.4.2020

Author: Norma Foulds

I am an artist and teacher. I live in the North West of England. I have taught in schools for 12 years , and now find paid employment making things and showing others how to explore their own creativity. I am happy to consider any ideas for collaborative work .

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