My mom told me this story once that I’m pretty sure has shaped my whole being. She said, one day when I was in Kindergarten, I came home in tears because the teacher yelled at me. Apparently we were painting, and when I painted my sky purple the teacher told me my painting was wrong, the sky is supposed to be blue. Naturally my mom was upset about this, but when she told my Grandma, she flipped the lid. She marched down to the school and yelled at the teacher for telling a child their artistic vision was “wrong”.
When my mom told me this, I remember feeling so special and so validated, a newfound level of confidence. Art has always been something the ladies in my family can share in, but this story set such a great example for me in other ways too. Not only in learning that it’s okay to see things differently, but also to stand up for what I believe in. My grandma is usually super easy going (we don’t really “yell” much) but her passion is, and always has been art, so it makes sense and was really cool to hear that something could ignite this kind of flame in her heart. (And, I’m pretty sure she was wearing a cape in my head when my mom was telling me all of this…)
Anyway, I’ve been thinking a lot about life lately, about how much time is wasted on stress and drama, and how I want to spend more time doing the things that make my heart happy. I’ve been hesitant posting this though, because I don’t like to come off preachy, and I certainly I don’t claim to know everything… but I do feel the need to share these thoughts that I’ve been feeling so passionately about lately.
Live the life you want. If you have a dream, don’t just sit around and wish for it – GO AFTER IT. Work your ass off for it. If it doesn’t work, at least you really tried. And teach your kids the same. Set the example. Be supportive, and kind… and have fun.
I see so many friends feeling stuck “going through the motions” of life and I want to shake them and say this is it dude, make a change!! I know it is scary and it can be challenging, but it is so worth it in the end. Actually, just writing this post is pretty terrifying for me… I don’t typically put this much of myself out there, but I’m going for it because if it inspires at least one person to go out and do something great… well, that’s rad.
Anyway, I think that’s all… for now.
Here is a picture I’ve been dreaming about capturing since I was pregnant with my daughter. Last year was an epic weather fail, and this year… well, we nailed it. Happy day!