I've given a lot of thought over the years to what might have been had I not acted upon an opportunity, or seized the chance to learn a particular skill. When I was a little girl the only art materials available to me were crayons and a coloring book. I got some color pencils when I got into middle school and used paint only when I was in college. My dad was the artistic one of my parents but he was of a generation that didn't allow for such "self-indulgence" and work was the priority in his life so his family could be happy. He died young still talking about the art he wanted to do and the places he wanted to go. My kids were young when my dad died and I promised myself that I would not separate my artistic self from my "work" self and that somehow I would find ways to meet my obligations to my family and to my creative self. I introduced my kids to every possible opportunity to try creative things and activities. Our house was the "hub" for trying out projects, solving problems, and making things. I looked for ways to bring creativity into my life and the lives of those I worked and played with. As an early childhood teacher, program administrator, and college instructor I reinvented my classes so that the curriculums were exciting, creative and challenging focusing on problem-solving and oppportunities for real thinking from my students whether they were 4 or 40. As a teacher of Acrylic painting and mixed media I am still doing it.
Doors open and doors close. That's what life is all about. We must be ready when the door opens for us. Ready to take action, seize the moment and make a life worth living. I am celebrating the doors I have walked through that have brought me to this time in my life. I have such gratitude for the many mentors who found something in me and encouraged me. I have such appreciation for the gift of being able to find joy in creative expression. It is never too late to learn something new. Once you master something be sure to share it with someone else. Then it is set free to keep moving through the world from one person to the next.
I would be honored if you shared the doors that have opened to you in your life.