Day 31 of My 30 Days Of Creativity Challenge.
My journey to become an artist was not a linear one. My attempts as a child to discover what I liked and what called to me where thwarted by one who felt I possessed no talent in art whatsoever. So even before I could get started, I had already failed.
In life there will always be someone that will always find something about what you’re doing to be “wrong.” They’ll always have something to say, and maybe even try to talk you out of it. Listen to me when I tell you that it took me a very LONG time to learn that this had absolutely NOTHING – not a damn thing – to do with me, and everything to do with whoever it is who is trying to sabotage you.
There are those who will tell you that what you’re doing is not possible, that you’re too old, or that what you’ve created isn’t any good. Some will act well meaning, attempting to give you “sound advice.” They believe it can’t be done because they themselves are not attempting it, nor will they even ever try. It’s beyond their wildest dreams.
It’s not their dream, it’s yours. Love your life. March to the beat of your own drum. Paint to your own heart’s content. Love yourself enough to try. I was 46 when I even dared to pick up a paintbrush again, and it was the BEST thing I ever did for myself! The joy that I have found by doing that has taken me farther than I ever dared to ever dream in my artistic endeavors. I am proud of who I am and what I have accomplished in this short period of time. I have stepped into and embody who I am, and I allow the fullest version of me to show up all the time.
To the naysayers I say keep your thoughts to your own self. Never discount the efforts that one takes to improve themselves or to discover themselves. Be an encourager. Help to elevate others, and be happy for their successes and accomplishments.
Impossible read differently reads “I’m possible.” And the possibilities are endless. Shine your light. Spread your wings. Go do your thing!