Friday, June 11, 2010

If she could see me now...

So I listened to some COOL music in high school.

Stuff that lots of kids in my suburban neighborhood of Montreal didn't listen to at the time.

Flock of Seagulls, Tears for Fears, Ultravox, OMD, Talk Talk,...

British Techno stuff, like I said COOL (at least I thought it was then...).

So how is it that when I was asked by Maegan on Day 5 of Creativity Boot Camp to listen to

music from a time in my life that still had me living and feeling like anything was possible,

the first song that came into my head was this CHEESY number :

I listened to Lou Gramm sing it out(what is with his hair ?!) again for the first time in a really long time.

The lyrics are kind of good, you know,

over coming heartache and pain and turning to love instead...

And maybe it was my "pity party" PMS mood yesterday (still lingering today a little),

but the cheese won me over yesterday.

It did make me think about how as a teenager girl, I definitely did so want to be love.

And hey, as a forty-four year old woman, I have come a long way...

Here's my art journal page - Lady asks "Girl, whatcha want to be when you grow up ?"

(our random word prompt was "grow" for Day 5)

Girl answers "Lady, I wanna be ME when I grow up."

"You will."says Lady.

Then she asks "Girl, what do you want to know when you grow up?"

Girl replies "Lady, I wanna know what love is."

Lady's last words " You will."

This is actually a photo from my high school graduation in 1983.

And this was a photo of me about a month ago.

It was kind of cool to talk to that youthful Self and see if the dreams she held for herself came true.

Many of them have, and in many ways, I am still that girl who had her cousin alter a vintage ball gown to wear to grad when everyone else was dressing in poofy taffeta, short skirted dresses with big shoulder pads and big hair.

I am confident in my own creativity now in ways that took their roots way back then.

I guess I am doing that girl proud most of the time.

I am still being me.

And baby, I sure as heck know what Love is.

Happy Friday, Lovely Ones !

Let's hope for sweet weather tomorrow as David and I do a seacoast day to fill the old rock bucket.

Big Love !


Sueann said...

Beautiful...yes you are!! And I applaud your confidence. That is super!!

deb did it said...

this is such a beautiful post. are loved, and have such big love walking...everyday, every way. Have a lovely walk with David tomorrow and bask in the warmth of the love you two have for each other!

Rita Vindedzis said...

I love this Kim. I think this is one of my fave journal pages of yours. We listened to the same music back then (not the video, the good stuff you mentioned) It definitely is fun connecting with our younger selves. Oh if we knew then what we do now eh??

Jennifer said...

This rocks in a gigantic way Kim!! Of course, any song from the 80's is a winner in my bood but I love, love, love the whole darned thing. It's fun seeing you in '83 and beautiful in both, but you look so deeply happy now. That's amazingly wonderful.

Mary said...

love, love this spread.
and though you were beautiful back then, there is a deeper beauty to you now!!!

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

Great Job Kim. Love the layout and colors. See you tomorrow. Be sweet. ♥tlb

Anonymous said...

What an intriguing question. It has me stopping to think what music made me feel that way. Happy Friday to you, too!

Teresa aka Tess said...

You are one gorgeous lady, then and now. I love your page layout. Have fun rock hunting.
Hugs, Tess

beth said...

you do know what love is and i love that you love love and spread it everywhere....all anyone has to do is look at your smile and they're in love with you !

patti said...

A beautiful song Kim! Your pics are beautiful, past and present. I'm so glad that young girl found love in the end. Love to you Kim x

laurie said...

i love how you combined the prompt with the other assignment for your journal page - very clever! the now and then photos really add to the theme and text.
you and i are about the same age (well, let's just say i could be your older sister that was in high school at the same time you were)- all that music you mentioned is mighty familiar!!!

rachel awes said...

kim, i'm so glad you've grown up to be you & living into the big love that you are & place on to stones & paper & gift into people's hearts! thankful for your
bursting beauty. xox

Erin Butson said...

Kim, Who can forget this song?!?! Makes me just want to belt it out right now. Love what you are doing with boot camp. (I just wrote + erased "but camp". I could use some "but camp" too:)) pure inspiration!

jgr said...

Hi Kim, I love your page! as always-you inspire me!

Bethany said...

Hi Kim,
I love your musings. Love this page and the pics. The close up of you with the stone and the way you altered the photo is so amazing. I'm so so happy you know what love is. Great song. Brought me back too.
So fun picturing you and David collecting rocks by the ocean.

Love and hugs.