Come What May
I painted “Come What May” to serve as a reminder to myself and anyone else needing to be reminded that the goal of life is not to avoid the bumps, rather it is to engage with the universe and enjoy the ride. You can go through life playing it safe, taking no chances, avoiding all conflict, not taking a stand on issues of consequence, not making a difference one way or the other… or you can put yourself out there and actually live, not just be alive.
To illustrate this point, I have used my old friend the bumper car. There are a lot of similarities between life and a ride in a bumper car at the amusement park. During the ride things come at you from all directions. If you get out into the stream of traffic and try to make a place for yourself, you get slammed around a lot. In return, however, you are able to get in a few bumps of your own along the way.
Like life, the bumper car ride teaches us that we can survive life’s bumps and scrapes and we need not live in fear. It reminds us that we are not just along for the ride, in order to make the most of the experience we need to maneuver and engage with the other bumper cars. Just like the bumper car, we need to be confident that we can handle anything that comes our way, and we will be OK no matter what happens. Relax and enjoy the ride.
In my painting we see a bumper car that has been bounced around a bit, but it has survived and it stands ready, “Come What May”.
Image and text © 2017 James Golaszewski