Thursday, April 12, 2012

"As if it's not enough just to be..."

Design created by Katie Lewis -- PDF copies available HERE in the shop

I've been thinking about this quote a lot lately.  Well, really I've been carrying it around with me in the back of my mind since I first read it several years ago.  Have you read Love, Stargirl?  Do you know the context?  If not, let me offer a bit of background.

The only way I know how to describe Stargirl is to say that she is a free spirit.  I can't read Stargirl without being reminded of one of my favorite roommates from college who is the epitome of free spriritedness herself.  Too often I find myself boxed up in the confines of my own expectations and I always admire and love to be around those who are brave enough to step outside all that and just be themselves.

That is Stargirl.  And all the more so in Love, Stargirl than in the first book in the series (Stargirl).  There is something more real about her in the second book.  I put the book down years ago, but I can't put it out of my mind.  There is too much truth in it to forget it.

The quote in this print comes from Love, Stargirl when Stargirl is about to reveal the equinox (Am I remembering that right?  Is it the equinox?) to her friends that have gathered around to see it.  She's considering whether or not to make a big deal about the spectacle they're all about to see when her friend steps in and says this.  (See quote above.)

To me it means, "The things we already love don't need dressing up.  They're perfect as they are."  Or perhaps, "We make too many things more complicated than they ought to be."  Or even, "Life is beautiful all on its own."

Whichever it is, it's a good reminder of simplicity.
And I think that's something we all need a daily dose of.

I know I do.

I think about this when I'm working on sewing projects.  I'll find myself about to get carried away with unnecessary embellishments and do-dads and then the thought will drift into my mind, "As if it's not enough just to be."

I think about this when my life gets crowded with too many commitments and too many goals and I start to feel myself slipping.  I think about how happy I feel when I just spend the afternoon playing outside with Olivia and I think, "As if it's not enough just to be."

What we be and what we become is such an integral part of life.  It's something I've been trying to focus in on for years.  I'm still working on it.  I'm still becoming.

It's something worth working on.


If you'd like to print your own copy of the print shown above, head on over to the shop.

Here are the details on the print:

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  • Size:  It prints to size 8 1/2" x 11" paper or cardstock.  
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P.S. Wondering who Lord Fauntleroy is?  See Dana's post from a while back where she explains who he was and what the little Lord Fauntleroy suits were.