Replace My Empty Spaces is the title to my new album that will be coming out some time this summer. The title means more and more the more I think about it, but it originally came from an experience I had a couple years ago that changed my life. I allowed God to fill the empty space that I thought only a lover could fill. I allowed music and blogging to fill the empty space that idleness had created. I allowed love for others to fill the empty space that the assumed lack of love had made.
Everyone has empty spaces. I think those spaces are shaped like puzzle pieces and we sometimes think they can be filled with one thing when in fact, they’re waiting to be filled with something else. When we’re so obsessed with filling those empty spaces, it can be difficult to take a step back and figure out exactly what it is that actually needs to fill them. Maybe we’re not meant to figure it out ourselves, but we can take a step back and ask ourselves, “What is an alternative to the thing I’m trying to fill this hole with?” Maybe you don’t think painting has a place in your life, but you get some brushes and canvas and paints and a “how to” book and you discover that; not only are you good at it, you enjoy it and it turns out, that was the thing you were missing.
Don’t be afraid to try new things and meet new people. Go places you wouldn’t ordinarily go. Do things you wouldn’t ordinarily do. Eat things you wouldn’t ordinarily eat. Take chances. Grab at the opportunities that come to you. If you want your life to change, you should go ahead and change it. Don’t make the mistake of trying to fill your empty spaces with things that can’t fill them. You will know what it is you need when you find it, but you need to look for it first.
Also keep in mind that you will always have empty spaces. You may not even know you have them and it may never bother you, but it’s possible that something or someone will come along and fill that empty space and it will be a wonderful surprise. Don’t ever give up hope because anything and everything is possible.
Because in my world guinea pigs can fly!