Dirty and Sloppy

by shelbyisrad

***As a community project, The Art Journaler Community subscribers are posting our discoveries and ponderings — and we are linking theme-related blog posts here  on a weekly basis using Mister Linky.*** This is a combo post, taking the prompt from the May Challenge — to share a favorite quote — and combining it with the new weekly link up from the beautiful The Art Journaler Community as we journal this month’s prompt of Taking Flight.

I watched Silver Linings Playbook FINALLY on Thursday. I’d read the book already {and met the author Matthew Quick} and loved it. Normally I’m iffy about books turned into movies, but Matthew Quick had talked about his belief that the movie was a separate work of art and he let it be that, so I was just excited to see it. During one of the scenes Jennifer Lawrence {side note — she is my FAVORITE person in hollywood right now}  screamed my new favorite quote at Bradley Cooper:

“There will always be a part of me that is dirty and sloppy, but I like that, just like all the other parts of myself”
When she screamed that at him I wanted to shout YES! A MILLION TIMES YES! {I think I did say YES! out loud, didn’t shout it though} That quote basically sums up the past year or so of my discoveries about myself. That the dirty and sloppy parts of me are just as good as the other parts of me. In fact, I think they may be the best parts of me because they’re the realest. In delving into Art Journaling and finding my tribe of wild women I have learned to love the dark parts of myself and that’s why I loved this quote, and why I love The Art Journaler Community so much. I am learning to embrace sloppy, and love messy and I am so much happier with who I am because of it.
So as this month begins and we Take Flight together, I am going to embrace it all. I’m going to tend my nest and spread my wings and get down and dirty with myself and with nature. I’m looking forward to May, even the days of it that make me uncomfortable {Grandpa’s birthday, Mother’s Day, Anniversary of Keith’s Death} and I’m going to embrace the brokenness I feel on those days. And when my birthday comes around baby I’m gonna dance my heart out and scream along with Taylor Swift about being 22, young and free, lonely and confused, and I’m going to love it all.