A Thing

I did a thing today!! I finally finished something that I have been wanting to do for a while, for months actually. And to be honest, it has been in the back of my mind for a couple of years. I made a painting with an inspirational quote!

Yes, that’s it. I painted a canvas, and painted some stenciled letters on it, and there you go-an inspirational canvas. So, why did this take me so long to finish? Well. . . once the idea came to me, I bounced around the false belief that I was not very creative, that I didn’t know how to do something creative like that, and that I didn’t have the time to look into doing something creative like that. Then, after a couple years of thinking this, I thought, maybe I could give it a try. I don’t have terrible handwriting, and I could keep it simple and write a saying on a piece of colored paper and then stick it in a picture frame. However, at the first words of feedback that I perceived as negative, I became completely discouraged, and sank into despair that I did not have it in me. Then, I found a way that was a little more colorful and creative, but still didn’t get the positive feedback I was looking for. So, I set it aside for a couple of months, and just stopped.

Then, one day, I was talking with a friend of mine who was completely supportive of my idea, and had some great feedback for getting the lettering to look nice. But the key was, having a fun night with a dear friend, and letting go and enjoying myself when I discovered that I have a little talent with painting. It just clicked! This was what I had been looking for! So, I bought some paints, and some stencils, and voila! A masterpiece!

Now, I am no Rembrandt or Da Vinci, but there is something to be said for how I feel to have completed something I dreamed of doing, but wasn’t quite sure I could. I have always wanted to believe that I am creative, but I didn’t see it in myself. And it makes me wonder what other beliefs about myself might not be completely accurate. Like, where else am I limiting myself? And what about you? Do you have any dreams that are sitting by the wayside waiting to be picked up? Or ways that you continue to limit yourself? It’s time to set yourself free!

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