Plan or Improvise, or both
We are moving out of our duplex in California, storing some things, selling some things and moving some things back to our house in Michigan. People keep asking what we are going to do… what our plan is. They want us to pin it down and have an exact course of action.
Well, it’s not the way my husband and I roll. We never have. Yes, we have overriding goals and ideas about our lives. The family and children are paramount and always have been but sometimes the decisions and actions may have belied that.
Today I realized I am an artist, married to an artist who happens to be a jazz musician. We both are creators of our lives. Like jazz and blues etc, we have chord patterns, and perhaps a particular rhythm and a given instrument and all the other variables in a performance…. our lives are like that. We change and we adjust and we improvise. It can seem random (like jazz) but it never is.. and you always get back to the ‘head’ (musician stuff) and the tune resolves.
Our lives have been lived that way. I like it. It keeps things interesting. We have variations on a theme of family, art and music… wild variations that become complete improvisation. It’s a good way to live if you can think on your feet and trust your perceptions and decision-making or even know that anytime you make a mistake, you can still make it look right..sound right… by resolving it (if you trust your instincts and are clever).