As an artist I spend a lot of my time painting. Alone. Even if there were people around me, I have to paint in private, where it’s quite, and where all I can hear is music and my thoughts. Hermit much? I think so!
Although, before days like this, I was out every single day at my day job, which was teaching. It was a very social environment and as an active social person I truly enjoyed connecting with my colleagues. But that’s where it ended. I was craving something different for myself. I knew I had something else to do.
I remember telling my family and friends that I was quitting and going to start painting. They looked at me like I had gone mad! “But you’re not going to interact with anyone on a daily basis..” was one of the many things I heard. I should have been nervous but I didn’t seem to be bothered by it. I just knew I was onto something and it would be ok.
And thank Gd I didn’t care! Firstly, because as the saying goes: “Man plans and Gd laughs” - we can plan and plan, but in the end we don’t know how it will all play out. I didn’t know at the time, that I’d have an active account on Instagram where I would get to interact and meet incredible people on a daily basis! Many relationships have formed due to that platform alone. And secondly, when there is a strong voice inside, it overrides daily inconveniences. It definitely can be challenging at times to be alone for hours at a time, but the whole picture works for me, and I’m so satisfied doing it.
If something doesn’t seem to match up with your family or friends lifestyle, but you know somewhere inside you that you’d be fine, than find it in yourself to have the courage to do it. Whatever it is - big or small. You will thank you.