“It’s easy to confuse ‘what is’ with ‘what ought to be,’ especially when ‘what is’ has worked out in your favor.”

Tyrion Lannister – Game of Thrones

Season 5, Episode 9, The Dance of Dragons

I’m taking a new calligraphy course, learning how to write in the Spencerian Script. The past several months have been more than stressful with everything going on in the Ontario Government with regards to Autism Services, Education, Health Care, and ALL the decisions our current Premier is making that are pretty much bad decisions all round.

I’m not here to write about people not fit to govern, what I am here to do is get back to some self-care. Stress and depression have been my constant companions, and when that is the case my ability to write, draw and generally be creative takes a hit.

I’ve decided that I’m at the point where watching the news every day and getting mad about it is bad for my health. I spend a fair amount of time advocating for the things that are important to me and my family, but I need to be more balanced in that I need to also spend as much time doing things that calm my soul (in addition to the time I spend tuning out by playing The SIMS 4).

So here I am, back in learning mode. Because at the end of the day there are only a few things that make me happy. My family, food, wine, and creating.

Getting back to creating makes me happy, and blogging is my way of putting it out there, keeping myself accountable. Accountable to myself only though, I’m not here to impress anyone with my random attempts at being artsy.

The first assignment in my current course is to write out a quote or poem in my current hand so that I can compare it to what my writing is like at the end of the course. The above quote is written in Copperplate Script which is what I’ve been practicing the past few years. Spencerian is very different. I’m looking forward to getting to the end of the class.

The quote I selected was one that resonated with me, given all the turmoil going on in government, well, everywhere. Not just where I live.

I’m also in the middle of a Game of Thrones re-watch, getting ready for the season 8 premier happening in 4 days.

This quote is very relevant to my interests.

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