Soaking Superman

As 2008 comes to a close, I find myself looking forward to 2009 more than any other year I can remember. What began as such a promising year for me has turned into the most trying time of my life. Given the state of the world, I know I am not alone in this feeling, but sometimes it's difficult to find the good in all of it. My most recent challenge happened earlier this week.

While over at my girlfriend’s house, I got a call that an alarm had gone off at my studio. I rushed over there to find not a burglar, but water… everywhere. Apparently, the sudden thaw from freezing December temperatures caused a neighbor’s fire sprinkler to burst, flooding several units within the building. The water poured down, surging through four dwellings, including mine. I came home to find lines of water dripping from the ceiling down to the floor, seeping through light fixtures and sprinkler heads while splattering and soaking everything in between.

Luckily, the damage was fairly minimal to my work and belongings, but my studio is in need of repair and I cannot work there for the time being. So I am now looking for an alternative space to work. I hope to find something within the week, but it has been an interesting position for me to not be able to work. I am trying to make the most of this time away from painting, but I am anxious to get back to it.

I recently read a book that said life’s obstacles are opportunities for personal transformation and growth. I really do believe this to be true. Given that line of thought, I have the potential to grow into Superman after this year.