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AofA People: Linda Devo – Art Teacher, Bass Player

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Linda Devo has charisma shining from her pores. Thank goodness, she’s just formed a rock band.

HOW OLD ARE YOU?

46

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

Bristol

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I teach art in a mainstream school 3 days a week, one day a week with a 15 year old rock god who is autistic. The rest of the week is spent servicing my desire to explore what I’m going to do next.

TELL US WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE YOUR AGE?

It’s a heady mix of exhilaration that I’m still alive (thought I might be not by now), grumpy cos things hurt coupled with a very large desire to be healthy and fit for some serious living ie fulfilling my dreams of travel,  rock stardom (finally formed a band of equally unskilled, middle-aged women) and creating community wherever it is I find myself.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE NOW THAT YOU DIDN’T HAVE AT 25?

Wisdom, nouse, self confidence, strong sense of responsibility, experience of winning, creativity and knowing what to do with it, assertiveness in large measure and a healthy dose of not giving two f*#*s what others might think!

WHAT ABOUT SEX?

What about it? Time is an issue, with a partner it’s less simple, having individual desire be in rhythm with the demands of daily life can be challenging. I imagine if I was single, it would be easier to have non-committal, animalistic fulfillment of sexual desire but I’m more discerning now so maybe that’s just a fantasy.

AND RELATIONSHIPS?

Richer, clearer now I have better self-knowledge and have done lots of work on healing my wounds and untangling neuroses, much more enjoyable, less hurtful, less deluded.

HOW FREE DO YOU FEEL?

Hmm, it’s complicated, more responsibility, conversely much freer.

WHAT ARE YOU PROUD OF?

Transforming my circumstances; the person I’ve grown to be ; my wonderful son ; my relationships ; my ability to be creative and resourceful,  the ability to change and grow…

WHAT KEEPS YOU INSPIRED?

Practicing Nichiren Buddhism, my family and friends,  my work,  role models , technology , life itself.

WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST?

Often

AND WHERE DOES YOUR CREATIVITY GO?

My home,  work,  making art and music

WHAT’S YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF LIVING?

Create value , respect the dignity of life,  seek the potential for good in everyone,  create happiness,  remove suffering.

AND DYING?

Be prepared for death so I can live joyfully in each moment.

ARE YOU STILL DREAMING?

Yes, more so than ever

WHAT WAS A RECENT OUTRAGEOUS ACTION OF YOURS?

Define outrageous?

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