When I was in high school being my degenerate self, my mother continuously pushed me to apply to art school. I think it was a mixture of me struggling with basic academia and my committed curiosity with clay pottery, photography, painting, all the good stuff.
My mother’s soft suggestion of “𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘙𝘐𝘚𝘋, 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭, 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘣𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦…” always made my eyes roll, which I feel TERRIBLE for admitting, but I was an angsty teenager holding little value in my parents opinions. I settled for different school.
Fast forward a few decades later, I am resting in savasana at Newport Power Yoga. My brain is going miles a minute and I’m thinking to myself, 𝐈 𝗪𝐀𝐍𝐓 𝐌𝐎𝐑𝐄.
𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 more creative outlets.
𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 more connections.
𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 more education.
𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 to create with my hands.
𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 to build.
The realization was so euphoric, I went home and googled, “woodworking class” and lo and behold, RISD populated with their Furniture & Woodworking class starting in November. With just a few clicks, I was registered. I have now started the process of turning “I want” into “I am”.
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭, 𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐬. 𝐋𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧, 𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐢𝐟 𝐢𝐭’𝐬 𝐩𝐮𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. 𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞, 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐬, 𝐜𝐚𝐩𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐆 𝐑 𝐎 𝗪 -- 𝐝𝐨 𝐢𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐰. also, listen to your mother!