I read an article that I found super interesting the other day. The name of it was “Make Your Child’s Dream a Reality“. It was saying that if your child expresses interest in something or someone, you should take the time to question them as to why they are so interested in that specific thing. It explained that you could get an early window into the mind of your childs potential and as a result begin to understand when, what or how to encourage them.
I found this fascinating because I was speaking to my mom the other day and she reminded me of something I had completely forgotten. She said that I had originally wanted to study photography at FIT but that it was not offered at the time I applied.
If you are familiar with any of my artwork, you will know that I love photography. If you even look at my blog once, you can tell that I love images and just about everything that goes into it, i.e.,composition, layout, textures, styling, fashion, expression,etc. I have always been very creative and had a childhood very typical of that getting involved in abolutely everything creative. What I didn’t have were parents that actually encouraged and supported the arts. I don’t blame them, because my parents were very typical parents, wanting for me to have a stable career that would almost gaurantee a steady paycheck, benefits, retirement, etc. An artist wasn’t the most attractive career to them and well, now I realize that these inhibitions they projected upon me came from their own desires and ideas of what success meant. I also inherited their lack of confidence in my creativity and the uncertainty of ever really being able to make anything of it, hence my late start.
I would be lying if I said that I didn’t wish my parents encouraged the artist in me as young child because I might have been further along….but I also understand that things happen the way they are supposed to and harboring those kinds of regrets are senseless at this point in time. However, I just thought it was a good topic for discussion and reflection.
I don’t have any little ones, but I hope that if I am blessed to have my own and whenever I am around a young mind, I will remember to encourage their gifts and talents no matter what I think or feel. xo
Quote above by Douglas H Everett