There are always so many “Day 1” starts… and then stops. Plans and ideas that begin with such excitement and enthusiasm and then die a sudden death to the elements of life. It’s discouraging and deflating. It makes me hesitate to start again. But starting again is the only way to finish, so I’m calling today Day 1.
It’s never a bad idea to start a new project when you reach a new country and experience the vibe of a new city. Marseilles has such a rich history and is the second most populated city in France. Surely there are some ideas floating in the air waiting to be snatched out of the ether.
Day 1 of what, you may ask. I’m not exactly sure so I’m asking the same question.
I️ know it’s Day 1 of showing up at La Muse Artists and Writers Retreat in southern France. Today we drive from Marseille to the area of Labastide, near Carcassone. We will be in a secluded two bedroom cottage, away from the hustle and bustle of city life – the perfect retreat for hearing the elusive voice of the muse.
I️ have been seeking the muse (la muse) for most of my life. Now, as I️ am about to show up at her doorstep, I️ wonder what I️ will find. I’m curious, nervous, and even a bit frightened.
What if I️ show up and no one is home? What if she’s disappointed in me or I️ in her? What if we keep missing one another like a never-ending loop of phone tag?
Despite all that is still unknown, here I️ am, the eve before our meeting, in a beautiful apartment overlooking the waters of Marseille.
Outside my window is the Chateau d’If… the famous prison where the fictional Edmund Dantès (The Count of Monte Cristo) was detained for 14 years.
And so I️ researched quotes from Alexandre Dumas’ classic book to start my series of European handquotes once again. I️ loved that 100 Day Project the first time I️ started it in 2016.
Much has changed since then… I️ would venture to say that it feels like almost everything has shifted since then… physically, spiritually, emotionally, relationally, but that project holds a space in my heart and mind for all the places and people it highlighted and represented.
Beyond that, I️ do not know what La Muse will bring. A painting a day? A poem a week? A novel complete? We shall see.