I believe that life is like art. Art takes practice—as does life. I am an artist, and everyone always tells me “You’re so good at art.” But the truth is that I have been doing it for so long that, over the years, I’ve gotten good at it. Everybody these days just expects to wake up and automatically be great at something, but what they don’t realize is that greatness takes a lot of time and effort. Over the years, I’ve made mistakes, but the great thing about art and life is that a mistake can always be painted over. There have been times in my life when I have said or done something that hurt someone else. Over time, I have learned to ‘paint over the mistake’ by apologizing and resolving to be a better friend. Sometimes, though, a mistake can be a good thing that you don’t want to erase. I like to remember the story about a candy- maker in Philadelphia who was making caramel. A mistake was made and instead of producing caramel, they made a crystallized, non-chewy candy. “Fudge!” the candy -maker swore, but he didn’t throw the candy out. He tasted it, liked it, and thus fudge was born.
When I paint a picture, I have to make choices. I choose the color, the technique, and the feeling I want to convey in my painting. In life, I make choices, too. These choices determine how my life will turn out. Some of the choices I make are my goals, my attitude, my beliefs, and the emotions I wish to convey about my life. In life, I decide how my ‘blank canvas’ will turn out in the end.
Art, like life, is interpreted. Some people look at my paintings and see beauty. Others look at my work and think it’s ugly. Each person has their own idea of what I am trying to convey in my paintings. Life is much the same. Everyone has their own definition of success. People may look at my life and see it as a failure. Others may think I am doing well. However, the most important thing is that I see my own life as a success.
My life is like a work of art. I started with a blank canvas and am making it up as I go. I put the same kind of effort and practice into my life, as I do with my art. I make mistakes, but that’s OK. I make the choices. I determine the message I want to convey. And in the end, it will be my masterpiece.