Resilience is a characteristic I hold higher than any other.
What is resilience, you ask?
RESILIENCE (n): The ability to recover quickly from illness, change, or misfortune; buoyancy. (Source: thefreedictionary.com)
What struck me about this definition is that the dictionary powers-that-be tacked ‘buoyancy’ onto its end. While you may not intuitively link the two together, it makes sense when you stop to think about it (which I did):
If you’re buoyant, you’re afloat and this means you’re not sinking. You might be in or on something (let’s go with water) but never under. We are constantly immersed in life’s experiences: the good, bad, funny, and not-so-funny. What’s important to bear in mind is that if you’re floating, this means part of you may always be in the water, but you will always have access to air.
I guess what I’m trying to say is to make sure you keep breathing. Having spent two and a half months in South East Asia – a wonderfully Buddhist part of our world – I thought this article offered a cute marriage of Buddhism and resiliency. Take five and give it a quick read.
Also: keep creating. When you’re floating you become weightless, so take the risk with your art because it’s worth the reward!