Like you chase birds.
With passion, determination, creativity and tenacity.
I often ponder things that seem to have a theme. One thing is when someone says " I am not artistic/creative" or "I wish I was artistic/creative ". These statements project that one needs to be good to be artistic and I don't believe that to be true.
Today I was crabby for no good reason and I tried to snap out of it and it just kept returning and I realized I was missing something: creative time.
I think the biggest difference between someone who identifies themselves as an artist and one who doesn't is the need to create. Much like someone who has the need to be physically active (running, playing tennis, etc), an artist needs to create to feel balanced and whole. An artist will create to fill the need but the final product matters less than the journey to there. A person who does not think of themselves as artistic only has the final product in mind not the journey.
My 4 year old comes up with her own hairstyles, one braid and one pigtail is something she chooses often. So, one day we went to ecfe and she had one pigtail and one braid and two different shoes. I don't try to talk her out of these things. I make sure she is wearing appropriate clothing but beyond that, it's pretty much open. When we got to ecfe, some other mothers were asking if it was opposite day and giggling . My 4 year old, kind of shyly hugged me and I just said "this is just her style." And it is. I want her to feel proud of who she is and not feel like she has to fit a mold. I realize it's hard for us, me included, to accept different without reason. There must be a reason her shoes don't match, not that it was a conscious choice. This is filtered into so much of what we accept as a society. As for now, my daughter payed no real attention to the questioning. My hope is that she holds her head high and feels confident in her choices!