There is a Michael McLean song that has a line that has always struck me (hard):
Don’t waste your energy, chasing a destiny, you were not sent here to claim.
So, what on earth does that have to do with the digital scrapbooking I’ve been talking about?
Here’s the thing. I was raised with the assumption that I was not artistically gifted. Well, that is to say that the assumption is that there is no talent in the visual arts in the gene pool. Ask either of my parents and they will both tell you that they can’t draw to save their own lives, and my stick figures look like stick figures riding out an earthquake sometimes.
What I can’t resolve is how much of that is learned, or more to the point, not learned, because we don’t expect to be able to do it, and how much is because we don’t have that piece of the talent puzzle.
The thing is, I really, really want to be good at those things. I want to be able to decorate my home so that it presents the feelings I want to convey. I want to be able to create gorgeous paper crafts that are original and pleasing to the eye. I want to create a company web site that says clearly “Hey! Hire us! We are great in awesomeness!”
is this a reasonable thing to ask, so want to have these talents, or am I basically trying to
As I’ve been trying, in the last few weeks, to devote more and more time to learning Photoshop, building a web site, and digital scrapbooking, I feel more and more frustrated and brain dead. Is this because I’m getting older and I don’t learn as easily? (I don’t think so. Show me a new knitting technique and I’ll have it within 48 hours.) Is this because I am lacking the design gene? Or is it my inner talent-o-meter saying “Hey! You’re supposed to be writing! Stop mucking around with color and photos and go SAY something?”