Never under-estimate the magic of Serendipity...
Music in My Soul, © 2012 by Nikki Smith; All Rights Reserved. Fine Art Prints Available.
Thinking back, I recall a party that I almost didn't attend back in 1997 because I was feeling rotten. I went anyway, to please an ex-boyfriend. If I hadn't gone to that party, I wouldn't have had a conversation with a young woman entrepreneur I met. She wouldn't have planted an idea in my head during that conversation we didn't have. Without that idea in my head, I would have dismissed a brief conversation with a door-to-door salesman the next week, and likely ordered a pizza rather than inviting him in to talk. I wouldn't have gone into a doomed Internet business venture with him and dropped out of college. Somewhere along that doomed venture, we wouldn't have had a particular casual conversation, and I wouldn't therefore have decided to take a hang-gliding lesson on a lark as a birthday treat. I wouldn't have met a different fellow also taking a first hang-gliding lesson as a treat from his wife. That fellow I didn't meet (who happened to like supporting small, women-owned businesses over big mega firms) wouldn't have hired my fledgling little web development business for a long-term project. A talented graphic designer, who worked at another small company also retained by that fellow I didn't meet, wouldn't have heard about me, and wouldn't have recommended me to her brother who happened to need help that my little company could provide.
Of course, I turned down the business. Fortunately, he tried to hire me again six months later when my work load wasn't so heavy and this time I said yes.
That man? He's the father of my children and the reason I've taken so many leaps into the unknown; the reason I decided to give my artistic inclinations room to grow. If I had stayed home from that lousy party years ago my life would have taken so many different turns that I'd probably be a corporate wage-slave somewhere rather than a successful entrepreneur, a mother and an artist.
Thank-you, Serendipity, for weaving your music into the story of my life...
Artwork: "Music In My Soul" by Nikki Smith
Copyright 2012 Nikki Smith of BookSmithStudio.com; All Rights Reserved.
A kind thank-you to the lovely model Johanna Taiger, and her photographer.
Fine Art Prints available on Metal, Acrylic, Canvas and Specialty Papers in sizes up to 45" x 60"