I am aware that I am less than some people prefer me to be,
but most people are unaware that I am so much more than what they see.
— Douglas Pagels

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Passion Matters!

(At the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse in beautiful Ponce Inlet, not far from the Bob Ross Art Workshop in Florida)

I have to give kudos to the folks at the Bob Ross Art Workshop for making these long road trips to Northeast Florida worth the time and money. Their business is very well operated and their certification training is extraordinary. And they're just darn sweet, too! It is such a relief, because as someone who lives waaaay below the poverty level, this pursuit has been a serious step of faith. Five years ago, if someone had told me that I would be a Bob Ross painting instructor today, I would have laughed in their face with utter disbelief.

I'm a left-brainer with no natural artistic talent. My first certification was in Office Administration. I've run so many different offices, I could write a book (and plan to, thankyouverymuch). I like non-fiction such as history, biographies, law, and medicine. I'm slightly (or maybe definitely...) OCD about order, symmetry, and correctness. I'm a nostalgic, introverted, internet-savvy office nerd. I have systemic disease that leaves me with poor motor skills, severe pain, endless exhaustion, and the occasional brain fog. But in the midst of that, I have managed to stay on the President's List in college ever since I started a few years ago. I have to admit, of course, that does not include a lot of math. It is my Achilles' heel and will ultimately be the downfall of my 3.9 GPA. But I digress...

I say all of this to say that I am proof that if a person truly has a passion for art, they can train to be an artist. You don't have to be born with it. Some people are, and that's awesome. Some people, like myself, can't draw a straight line for nothin'! If you are like me, please be encouraged by the fact that art is an outlet available to everyone, and you CAN learn it. If you love art and wish you could do it - DO IT! Take the plunge! Throw your fear of failure out the window and give it a try. You may find, like I did, that it's not all about drawing straight lines. PASSION MATTERS! And like Bob always said...with patience and practice, you can make it happen. I am making it happen...by the grace of God, the love of family and friends, and the support of my wonderful students...my childhood dream is in progress. It is overwhelming. It is hard. It is humbling. It is amazing. It is the gold at the end of my rainbow.

Life sure has its surprises, doesn't it? It has its ups and downs, and my trees aren't always happy, but I am thankful and blessed to be where I am today. Alive. Mostly functional. Doing better than expected in some ways...worse in other ways...but that's the way it goes. I am forever striving to keep things in perspective, be grateful, and seize the day.

Today is a gift. That's why they call it the PRESENT. :)

God bless, and talk to you soon.

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