We all know that the best way to become a better painter is to paint a lot, preferably every day. However, sometimes that just isn't possible.
Case in point, last night I pinched a nerve or pulled a muscle or did something to my left shoulder. I thought I might sleep it off, but no. It's even worse today. Since this was also the day of James' wisdom teeth extraction, it was an easy decision not to paint.
Sometimes, even during NaMoPaiMo, life happens.
I asked the NaMoPaiMo Facebook group why they weren't painting today. A few of the answers were funny.
|Laura Skillern's horse Simon enjoying the Texas snow|
|Despite all that overtime, Stacey's 2021 NaMoPaiMo horse is fantastic|
|Bobbie Allen's desk reflecting her mental state|
Like Laura, I also want a vaccine. I want to be able to travel safely, with and without my dogs. I want to ride on an airplane, visit my mom and attend a model horse show. More than anything, I want to be with people - lots of them.
It will happen. I don't know when, but it will happen.
Until then, we need to keep putting one foot in front of the other and fighting the good fight as often as we can. When it's too much, that's okay, too. Take the day, take the week, take care of yourself. Keep painting, but don't beat yourself up if your horse isn't finished on February 28. NaMoPaiMo isn't just about finishing. It's about community.
We are your community, Laura, and we're here if you need us. Please take care of yourself, and know that even if you don't paint your horse this year, you are still the NaMoPaiMo Champion of the Day.