Living Life to the Full
Sue's inspirational message to live life to the full while you can.
"My love of sculpture was born with me. It came from my sculptress mum, my dad who painted, and only started sculpture soon before he died, and my brother who was always making things too. Sculpture was part of life.
As a family together we built an igloo in the snow with a tunnel and ice window, endless snowmen and sandcastles. I watched, and knew that one day I could do that too. When snow falls there's an urgency to escape from work to get them made before dark. They don't last long, and always keep me mindful of life's transience. They appear and vanish without trace.
A beautiful child came into the world through me, little Anna, filled with joy and imagination, with a courageous spirit she faced the unknown. Later, I painted, wrote stories and poems, made clay animals. I did freelance work sign writing, painting murals, designing exhibitions, making jewellery - all erratic income.
I still made cakes for friends and family, these were soon gone. The mortgage demanded a steady salary so I took a full time job, I gave it everything I had. This is when it all stopped. On the surface I loved my work. At a deeper level, diversion from creativity has been a sentence, the mortgage blocking the way like a hideous gaoler. Thirty years a prisoner watching for a way out until, regardless of persuasive arguments against the risks, I went part time.
Change was instant and dramatic - the sense of liberation was immense! Making sculptures again and writing, I feel really alive.
If there is something you really want to do, do it now. Beware the mistake of leaving it too long. Live your life as an adventure now. You never know how much time there will be."