“The purpose of life is to find your gift. The meaning of life is to give it away.”
Find Your Gifts
Life is a journey to find your gifts and talents. Few of us are lucky enough to have them appear early on in life and recognize them as such. And most of us, not so much. It can take years before we realize our gifts, if ever. Maybe our gifts do appear, and we just don’t recognize them or give them enough value at the time. Or maybe we are told to pursue other more ‘worthwhile’ pursuits. Pursuits that will allow us to succeed in this world.
I recently came into contact with an old family friend who in her later years began to paint and has become quite good at it. I don’t ever remember her having this inclination growing up, but here it is now, later in life. It is really beautiful to watch it unfold as she posts her work on social media. I find her an inspiration. And she has stirred something up inside of me.
A constant theme in my life has always been artistic pursuit. But when I was in a place to choose a career, I was discouraged from it, so I pushed it aside and tried to forget it. I was also very sensitive to criticism and it really hurt to pour out my soul into a piece and be criticized for it.
But luckily with age comes the ability to not care so much what others think. And there is no reason to not create for the sole purpose of pleasing myself. And if it pleases others, great! Making these graphics for this blog has been a great first step back into creativity. And a way of giving my gift back to the world, even if no one ever sees it. Maybe I will pick up the brush (or the pencil, or the stone chisel, or the clay) again.