I've thought about that Horace line a lot in the last decade. It's tattooed on my ribs as a reminder, but momento mori isn't entirely necessary for a darker mind such as mine. Such as many of ours, mayhap.
Life is short. For the lucky folks who love it, the amount of time we have in our bodies is a cruel joke.
I've always been quite a curious little cat, and I want to experience as many lives as possible within my determined years. Sometimes I make major changes, such as moving from the lush gardens of performing arts promotion to the exotic highlands of studio arts. Sometimes it's just a minor change of path within whatever industry forest I happen to be trekking.
It was excruciating for me to leave Colorado Ballet, but a decision I knew I had to make. It's been rough for me to leave Artists on Santa Fe gallery as well, but I once again knew it was necessary.
Time was the big issue for me. New parents have very little, and what we do with those precious few free hours must be exactly what we need. For me, I was continuing to maintain my position as a member of the AOSF group with that scarce time. I wasn't making jewelry, I wasn't making myself healthier, and I wasn't making moves to help my business thrive.
I've loved my experience with an established gallery. The people I've worked with are inspiring and uplifting, and I've made plenty of connections to new clients. I worked hard to get there, and I'm proud of what I've accomplished.
As my husband likes to say, every time you take something out of your life, something new will fill its place.