I was talking to a friend the other day about her dreams and aspirations and her love of music. In her job she feels her talents are squashed it’s sucking the living days out of her. If you’re a creative person you will know how this feels; if you go a few days without a creative outlet you will feel yourself going slightly insane, or at least doodling on an envelope in desperation. It’s like an itch; A very creative one.
Now I’m all for being sensible and working hard to make a living but there seems to be a certain stigma attached to the creative arts that they are not as important as other careers; like we all sit around in our messy studios spending hours locked away creating pointless sculptures out of cheese or something (there’s a thought…). And so creative people like my friend are ushered into careers that fit society’s expectation of them, or what they feel they ‘ought’ to do.
My parents were initially cagey about me studying art and wondered what would be in it for me. They soon came round though - how could they let the girl who, since the age of 2, only wanted to draw and who told her teachers at the age of 5 that she would be an artist?
So today I’m wondering how many people have things that they want to pursue but feel they can’t. I wonder how many of you have dreams that feel squashed and you’re desperate for some sort of outlet. I wonder how different the world would be if people pushed for what they really wanted instead of sitting on their dreams. And contrary to popular belief, if you really want to push for your dreams it will be as tough and challenging (if not more so) than any other career. Real passion is often a burden as well as a joy… a labour of love as they say.
So I’ll end with the story of one of my other friends who was told at school age that he was rubbish at art. For years he thought he believed this until, in his fifties, he picked up a paintbrush and is now selling his paintings. I guess the point is, that if you have a dream and a passion and you’re prepared for a bit of hard graft, then there’s no reason why you can’t pursue your dreams. So get out your paintbrushes and guitars (or cheese?!) or whatever floats your boat and get creative.