“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” -Norman Cousins
I remember the first time I read this quote. I was completely blown away. Can you say profound? I mean wow. Just wow!
How many of you have had that “something” die inside you? Were you devastated? Did you feel your life was in a downward spiral out of control? Maybe you didn’t feel any of these. People handle things quite differently. I still remember that day “something” died inside of me.
It was my freshman year of high school. I had always loved art. I had been told that I was talented and should consider taking some classes to hone and fine tune my artistic skills. I decided to enroll in an art class. I was going to pursue a career in art..
Classes began and I couldn’t wait to immerse myself into the class and learn everything I could to make myself a better artist. Things were going pretty good and I was excited that I could see improvement in my work. Then it happened. One thing I could never draw was people. I struggled at it. I was sure that my art teacher could take me under his wing and explain to me what I was doing wrong and teach me how to draw people. Wrong! Not that teacher any way.
I was asked to stay after class one day. That is when I got the wind knocked out of me. My teacher asked me if I was serious about an art career and I said absolutely and I told him I realized drawing people was my weakness and that I was going to work hard to overcome that. Then he looked me in the eyes and asked me, “Why are you wasting mine and your time? You are obviously never going to get anywhere with it and you should find something else to spend your time on.”
I was dumbfounded. I had all these people telling me I should consider an art career and the art teacher is basically telling me that I suck at it. I was devastated to say the least. I finished the art class and pretty much gave up. I had friends that tried to encourage me to start drawing again but “something” died inside me that day and would never surface again.
“Follow your passion. be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams.” – Donovan Bailey
I don’t blame the teacher. I blame myself. He might have gave up on me but I should have never gave up on me. I should have worked harder and kept my dream alive. I let my dream fade and did nothing to stop it. Lesson learned.
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