When I was a kid, my mom used to take my paintings to a psychiatrist for evaluation. This is one of those paintings:
As you can see, it’s a unicorn galloping across a rainbow with a giant smile on its face.
Most of my art was a spin on this same theme. My pictures always involved rainbows, some sort of mystical creature (the unicorn was always a popular choice), and smiles. Lotsa smiles.
I don’t remember what the psychiatrist thought of my artistic flair. I do remember that this unicorn pic was painted during a time in my life when I was still doing things for fun, rather than doing things to achieve an end result. But eventually I realized that I was no Picasso and I quit drawing & painting altogether, as most children do.
This was around the same time that the adults in my life started suggesting that my future was more important than the present moment. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” they asked me. I responded with a blank stare. “I don’t know”, I thought. “I’m not grown up yet. Do I have to think about that now?”
Looking back on it, there’s no way that I could have predicted my career path at the age of 8. Can you imagine??? “Hey Dad, I want to be a blogger”. There was no such thing as a “blogger” in 1985. Heck, my dad still doesn’t know what a blogger is.
So parents, take note: asking your kids what they want to be when they grow up is a dumb question. There’s no way they’ll be able to predict what kinda crazy jobs are going to exist in the year 2032.
Instead, ask them what they want to do today or better yet, ask them what they want to do for FUN.
And while you’re at it, why don’t you take a moment to ask yourself the very same question. The key to being more fun is to decide what’s fun for you and then, GO DO IT.
Quit living for the future; it doesn’t exist. I know that’s a mind-bender, but the reality is that if you spend THIS moment feeling grateful and happy, the future will take care of itself.
What did you love to draw when you were a kid? Let me know in the comments below. Or better yet, post a pic of your art on my Facebook wall.
Peace, Love & Unicorns!!