My therapist, who is probably in her late 40′s, told me she never pursued more artistic opportunities in her younger years because one teacher told her she wasn’t a “good artist”. Now after taking art lessons the past few years she is pursuing an art therapy license.
I sit here and sing along to my iTunes remembering how I was punished as a child in elementary choir class which made me avoid choir like the plague as I grew older. I took band classes instead, which I stunk at, making me feel like I would always be a failure musically. Today, I can for the most part carry a tune and even harmonize, and can make up songs pretty quickly.
We need to remember that the arts are meant to be FUN, subjective, and a form of self expression instead of telling kids they are “good” or “bad”, “talented” and “not talented”. The arts are not meant to be graded.
I once had a writing professor tell me my fiction writing was terrible and I should only write non-fiction. Twenty years later, my fanfic has brought more happiness to people than her shitty now-out-of-print books. So… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Follow your bliss, babes. Write, draw, sing, play music. Don’t give a shit what other people say; don’t let them take away your joy. Express yourself. That’s what the arts are for. Creativity, in whatever form it takes, is beautiful. Joyous. Incredible.
Get out there and make some fucking art.
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