Change / Growth

My New Years resolution this year was to take more risks and have more fun. As well as my usual resolution of filling up a sketchbook. Well, I’ve had heaps of fun, already filled up one and a half Moleskines this year, so that leaves us with: “take more risks”

So……I’m moving to Melbourne next month! This bit of news is still a bit of a shock to me too and hasn’t fully sunk in yet, as I’m pretty settled here in New Zealand, which is why uprooting will be so hard. Especially leaving friends and family behind. To be honest it was all on a bit of a whim. But I feel like it’s a necessary move & a great opportunity, as I’ve started feeling a little bit stale and a little bit too comfortable here. Comfortability breeds complacency and complacency breeds idleness. I want to always be progressing and moving forward with each new challenge as a person, and also as an artist / designer. A rolling stone gathers no moss, you know the story. As ‘creative’ people, continuous transgression is part of the job description. However, you don’t need to move country to experience change and growth, it might just be undertaking the task that you’ve been putting off because of your own uncertainty to take on something you’ve never faced before.

‘If you want something you’ve never had, you must do what you’ve never done.” – Nice

I’m looking forward to facing some new challenges of living in a new city. New struggles should really put some pressure on me to do something with myself and also set me on a bigger stage for me to achieve (or fail) my goals. Transgression isn’t only limited to success, as success is the continued repetition of a proven formula. In failure you still have room to grow. And the possibility of failing is a great motivator to succeed. You need enormous pressure to produce diamonds right? Facing the unknown is exciting. To paraphrase Milton Glaser, “Doubt is better than certainty. Deeply held beliefs of any kind prevent you from being open to experience”. Experience helps us grow.

I’ll leave you with this:

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

~ Christopher McCandless

So if you’re ever in Melbourne, “COME AT ME BRO”

5 Responses to “Change / Growth”

  1. BS says:

    Hope you have a great move over there! You’re right, staying in one place holds you back. I can’t wait to take the leap and move overseas sometime in the future!

  2. Laura says:

    Nice one Sam! All the best for your move and I’m sure you’ll achieve all your goals.

  3. Tharina says:

    :( thought i would see you in NZ again….
    But also happy happy for you, new challenges and more sunshine and love for you me Sam Sam!!

  4. Amanda Oleander says:

    Nice! And all very true. I wish you the best! I will also be moving to the big city next year so I can totally relate. :)

  5. Nathan Quelhurst says:

    just moved to melbourne myself from up north in brisbane, its really a great place you shall enjoy it, would love to get some of your work sometime to frame when i get my own place here

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