I recently picked up Issue 13 of Flow magazine (it’s a Dutch magazine for all paper lovers!) with the work of Frida on the cover.
Today I celebrate a woman who I consider almost a patron saint of chronic illness. Frida Kahlo. I’m not here to write about her bastard of a husband, politics or love life. I want to express how this woman (along with my mother, sister and Elizabeth Gilbert) has given me my permission slip to be a creative.
Thru her entire life, Frida dealt with illness (polio as a child) and pain from a very horrible automobile accident. It was during her accident recovery that she was confined to her bed and decided not to just lay about but to do something! She began to paint.
I have no excuse to hold back from being a creative creature by blogging, re-arranging a room, having a pretty planner or to learning to water color. Don’t let your illness hold you back from anything. It took me way too long in life to embrace even a fraction of the creative person I am.
If Frida can lay in a bed and paint. I can lay in my bed and write…right?