When troubles seem so far away

z 022A1581Did you know that the state of Montana has the highest concentration of artists and artisans living in one place over any other location in the United States?

It’s true.

This is where my bees live and I love beeing here with them (do you see what I did there? Ha!)

I shed tears when it’s time to go back home to Florida and plot for the next twelve months how I will move my family here permanently and live happily ever after.

I could do it. Winters be damned.

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ed full 022A1574There is something so wholesome here. So comforting. So safe.

Drivers allow pedestrians to cross the street without running them over. Wagging-tailed dogs ride shot gun everywhere their masters go.

Every. single. food. item you can imagine comes in huckleberry flavor.

It’s pretty much heaven.

And being here puts the rest of life into perspective.

Life is too short to be unhappy.

To take one more breath doing something that you don’t love.

To be someone other than who you want to be and who youare are intended to be.

Life is about taking chances, being fulfilled, trying new things, and having no regrets.

Some how, I remember that here. Like no where else.

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edit full 022A1615Today, I drove a jet ski for the first time in my life. I will admit, I was pretty scared. It’s basically a motorcycle on water.

Tomorrow, we’re rock climbing with Link who, over the past five years, has become a dear friend.

The next day we are climbing to the top of Logan Pass, then we’re going to wait until dark and I’m going to take photos of the Milky Way, and if I’m really lucky, the northern lights.

Life is so, so good.

 

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edit full 022A1592I can’t explain why all the bad stuff has been happening to us for so very long, but I’m ready for it to be over.

I’m ready to take all the lessons I’ve learned from this experience and carry them forward and MOVE ON already.

Being out here, out west, living this lifestyle- breathing this air- surrounded by others who are making their art and putting themselves out there, even when not everyone likes them, or understands what it is they are trying to do.

Even when they don’t quite understand it themselves…

They do it anyway.

They are being who I want to be. Who I’m trying to be.

The person I know I can be if I’d just get out of my own way already.

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edit full 022A1582Next week, I’ll be back home.

I’ll be getting attorney emails and court summons and subpeonas and all sorts of nonesense.

None of it matters.

Because if the situation is awful, you make good art.

If the situation is amazing, you make good art.

If you are so despondent, you feel you can’t go on another moment…it’s just another opportunity to–

Make good art.

And after this week, once again, I feel like I can.

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Diana Baker, MSW, is a registered clinical social work intern, mental health counselor and wellness coach. With 20 years' experience working with children and families, she provides mental health counseling in St. John's, Florida. Offering individual and family counseling for children, teens, and adults; face to face, and via video chat and text. For more information, visit goodmentalhealth.info/about
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