In and out of the studio this week, I’ve had the opportunity to revisit past career accomplishments, reconnect with people I worked with over 30 years ago and attend a Stanley Cup Final event after 42 years of rooting for the Washington Capitals hockey team. In each situation, I’ve been able to reflect how my past experiences have shaped the person and artist I am today.
Attending Datatel’s 50th Anniversary party this past week was a fun reminder of my early communications career. Writing, advertisement development, and inter-office employee communication skills were all part of my job at the early stages of this computer/software company. It was a nurturing environment which touched all of us who worked there. Creativity was encouraged and fostered. I know I use those same skills in my personal creative endeavors today.
It’s been fun to witness the Washington Capitals play in the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. Since my husband and my son have worked in the sports arenas where the team plays throughout the history of the franchise, I am a fan by default. I’ve attended games throughout those times, witnessed the ups and downs of winning and losing and am currently ‘rockin’ the red.’
One of the constants throughout my past career and Washington Capitals fandom have been pottery and knitting. The ceramics classes I took from master potter Cliff Lee more than 30 years ago while working at Datatel resonate with the clay artist I’ve developed into right now. Back then, I made pottery on the wheel and learned to be confident with artistic decision-making. Those lessons are present in my hand-built clay creations today. I've been knitting for about as long as I've had a hand in clay. A yarn project has accompanied me to many a sporting event throughout those years!
Perspective gives us a chance to look back at life choices and significant life events that influence current decisions and circumstances. This past week, I especially realize how lucky I've been to learn and grow from past endeavors. I understand now, it all boils down to the special people we encounter throughout these experiences that make them so significant. It was good to spend time with so many of those people this past week.