|Vincent van Gogh. Lying Cow, 1883.|
"But, at the same time, a phase of life is past. This makes one melancholy, thinking some things will never come back. And it is no silly sentimentalism to feel a certain regret. Well, many things really begin at the age of thirty, and certainly not all is over then. But one doesn't expect out of life what one has already learned that it cannot give, but rather one begins to see more and more clearly that life is only a kind of sowing time, and the harvest is not here."
Letters of Vincent van Gogh
February 8, 1883
Written about three years before he arrived in Paris, van Gogh was thirty himself, and working in his traditionally-Dutch-inspired colour palette. Little known, it seems, as the explosion of colour brought on by the creative surrounding of Paris are the lauded stylistic period of his career.
And that's saying something, really. Seems like he foresaw greater things ahead of himself, and that his "harvest time" would come later.
So, what I'm getting out of this quote is: plan ahead!
I pontificated earlier about how planning stuff is quite fulfilling. I think this is a great example of it at work.
That's not to say I'm all inside van Gogh's head of course, but it does seem to ring of a self-fulfilling prophecy. In the most positive of senses.
With that said, I pose a thought and a question.
For ages, I've loved listening to podcasts. I'm addicted. I have a variety of topics I like to listen to, from history and language to knitting and humour.
If I began a podcast, would you be interested in listening? What sorts of things would you like to hear about? Share your thoughts and opinions - I'd love to hear them!