I always enjoy these comics, but I particularly like this one. Every so often I have to say “Screw you, Quiznos,” because when I was working there to save up money for college and I told my Manager and Coworkers I was going to art school they literally laughed in my face, and said they’d see me back there as a ‘starving artist’. I remember when I was dealing with a kid who really wanted to be able to draw well but was frustrated that he couldn’t, I asked him ‘Are you pretty good at Math?’ and he said ‘Yeah,’ and I said ‘How many hours of math have you been taught, year after year in school, how many hours have you studied it at home, practiced it, compared to how many often you’ve taught and practiced how to draw?’
People so quickly forget that back in the day when we had DaVinci and Michelangelo, that was all that they did, and they were paid handsomely for it! Back then if you had a kid that was even remotely interested in the arts, you would try to hook them up with an apprenticeship, just like a squire to a knight, and that kid would live and breathe art, often painting for the Master after a time. And this is like when kids were young, like 9 years old, not after they’d already had the love of learning beaten out of them by an education system that values nothing but math and science and obedience and they’re 18. I can’t even imagine how much better an artist I would be if I’d been taught art with the same vigor I was taught math.
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It may be cliche, but it’s so important to recognize the changing tides in your life. and when to move. Part of being well is moving when you feel like life is telling you to, whether that be through God, the universe, or however you get in touch with your inner-self. So many of us miss out on life’s blessings because we’re comfortable where we’re at, so we stay in that place in spite of what life is telling us to do.
How can you recognize these “shifts”? People will be introduced into your life that may inspire or influence you. New opportunities will arise, whether they be on your job, in a relationship, or in your personal life. You might feel a yearning to do something else, a pulling in a completely different direction than you originally thought you’d go. You might even face failure, defeat, or disappointment…enough to make you WANT to change. In those times, don’t fight it, but reflect on it. Is there a drastic life change that you need to make?