Artists can’t afford to miss the boat. A lost opportunity means a harder journey. In order to grow, which is the ultimate aim of the artist, one has to take risks. You have to experiment and many of those turn out badly. You have to take chances to evolve. Not just any risk, but one that sets sail with good intention.
The boat is the symbol for the spiritual journey and as such it is the perfect icon for Robin and I to explore. The first date we had, he revealed to me that he owned a 17 foot red, yes I said red, Old Town canoe. Without missing a stroke, I asked him to marry me. I was kidding of course, or so I thought. One’s subconscious knows infinitely more than the conscious and so maybe she already knew his soul and knew he was who I was looking for. She probably already knew he had similar goals and philosophy. A year after that we began a 24/7 relationship that is going strong and can survive which ever boat life presents.
By the way, later that first evening, I told him that I was an artist and that as a matter of fact that very afternoon I had bought a new table saw. He said, “Oh, really! Will you marry me?”