I saw this yesterday and thought, yes!
Walk and invent your life.
As it happened, that’s exactly what I was out doing.
I mentioned to you that my last trip home threw up a whole bunch of questions. I’m feeling my way and trying to figure out (yet again) just what the heck I’m doing with this “one wild and precious life” (Mary Oliver shout-out!)
Nope, I don’t have the answers yet (whoa, that would have been lightning fast!), but what I did say was that I was committing to making my life in Paris count, that I’d try to hold onto my newly refreshed New York sense of self here in the City of Light.
Part of that is just keeping my eyes (and ears and heart) open and finding inspiration wherever it may exist.
This week I haven’t had to look far. I’ve literally stumbled right into inspiration. On Monday I saw Deborah Levy speak at Shakespeare & Co. One word: Amazing. I have a new writer crush.
Then yesterday I saw a documentary film made by someone I hadn’t seen in a very long time. On the way home, I saw a small group of 4 people looking down at green pamphlets and looking questioningly at a door. Then they went in.
On the spur of the moment, I followed.
Turns out it was a “portes ouvertes” in my neighborhood. This is always one of my favorite events, and even better when discovered serendipitously. 56 artists in the ‘hood were opening their doors to their studios and showcasing their work.
As per usual, I was more interested in discovering some of these hidden spaces than in taking in most of the art.
(I’m just going to come clean: I feel stupid when I look at most contemporary art. I’m happy it exists, I love that artists are expressing themselves as they feel moved, but I tend not to get it.)
Having an awesome, unconventional space in Paris, though?
That I totally get (and covet).
Tonight I continued with inspiration week and heard The Rustle of the Stars. (That’s a band, not my poetic musing).
I’m not sure where I’m headed next, but I’m just going to keep taking one step at a time. Follow the footsteps. Take random turns. Walk and invent my life.
Belleville’s Portes Ouvertes happens THIS UPCOMING WEEKEND if you want to wander into fun discoveries, too. Friday May 11 through Monday May 14. More details here.