I have had a comment firmly in my head, left by fellow Flying Lessons classmate Stephy Baker on my post "Growing Bolder and Braver":
"You are SPOT ON! Making is art is NOT just a 'hobby' but a way of life! reading that line inspired this thought: Making is art is NOT just a 'hobby' but a way of life*! A life that is dependent on creating because it's the only form of nourishment we can give our soul - it's NOT A HOBBY but a necessity! It's like saying the hobby of a bird is to fly. IT IS THAT absurd. Sure, the bird doesn't have to fly, it has feet, but for a bird to be grounded would be to deny it's innate ability and there's nothing more painful than living THAT lie!" - Stephy Baker
Did you catch that phrase?
"It's like saying the hobby of a bird is to fly. IT IS THAT absurd"
I LOVE that analogy!
It IS absurd to think a bird should get around using only their feet when they were given wings to fly and that IS their True Nature - to FLY...
"birds of a feather, flock together"...AND they FLY together!**
It reminded me of a conversation I was having with a friend recently who talked about some ivy coming through the fence into her backyard. She told me her husband has been trying to cut it back, but it just keeps growing through the fence, the nature of the plant to keep growing, despite being cut back all the time. We laughingly talked about how Nature will rear itself, despite anything we Humans may do to keep it in check and I'm now realizing this discussion could be applied to the Nature in each of us. So many people deny themselves what their True Nature is telling them and it makes for a great deal of unhappy people...
"for a bird to be grounded would be to deny it's innate ability and there's nothing more painful that living THAT lie! Denying who you are so others can feel more comfortable or so that you can "fit in" - will kill you, often slowly through despondency." - Stephey Baker
Denying who you are can be painful...for years, I felt as though I had to be an "underground artist" because admitting I am an artist only got me weird looks or dismissed as a 'flake' because, you know, ALL artists are flakes ;)! But when I've tried to "fit-in" that never worked for me either, so instead I learned to go "underground" as an artist and I learned which people I could trust to my inner circle of friends so I would always have a place where I could be myself. I guess I created a "double life" for myself: "muggle" by day and "Artist" by night...and weekends!
Recently, this "double life" has gotten to me a little bit (Artist at home, "Muggle" at work!), but that is only because my True Nature will rear itself since that is what Nature always does. And though I am a bit hand-tied by a lack of decent internet technology in my life, I am still finding a way to continue blogging because it is a part of my True Nature to want to SHARE my creativity with others, in the hopes that it ENCOURAGES them in THEIR CREATIVITY. I know these difficulties are just a part of my personal journey as I begin to "come out" FULLY as an Artist and strive toward self-sustaining self-employment and I am so grateful to have met so many amazing art-FULL bloggers and fellow artists on the Journey***.
It is not always easy, but it is SO worth honoring your True Nature! What will YOU do today to honor your True Nature? Who do you have in your Inner Circle that you can trust to be your True Self with? I would love to hear about it!
* - BTW: there is a tiny typo in that sentence but I do not believe it alters the thought behind it as I wrote it ("Making art is not just a 'hobby' but a way of Life for many of us" is how it should read - and probably has been!)
** - I'm not sure the image I added here is showing up - if not, please let me know and I'll have it corrected by this evening
*** - I would link to them all but the list is LONG! I am in process of creating a special page to link to the many fabulous artists I have met and admire - stay tuned!