Posted by JenStar on August 10, 2004, at 23:17:11
In reply to I'm obsessed with my identity, posted by Angela2 on August 10, 2004, at 11:40:59
Hey, welcome to the "I don't know who I am" club! I am a charter member! I think sometimes the choices of career are overwhelming. There are so many possibilities that it's hard to choose just ONE and focus in on it and get good at it.
I guess I both agree and disagree with your therapist. On the agreement side: If you truly had art in your soul, you probably WOULD be drawing all the time, with pencils, crayons, used markers, sticks in the sand, etc. You might be like one of those starving artists who live in a little unheated garrison in France and eat stale bread and wear worn-out mittens as they paint in the cold, because painting is like a drug and they have to do it even if poor.
Maybe your T is trying to steer you in the direction of a career that is based more on a solid "objective" skill rather than something "subjective." Even if you LOVE art and do it all the time, that's not a guarantee that you'll be able to hit the market needs and make enough money to survive on. I think it's really very hard to earn a living on art. Fun, but hard to break into.
I truly agree that everyone is an artist in some way, but not everyone can become a commercially viable artist.
But still, that should NOT hold you back from taking art classes! Who knows, maybe you'll awake the sleeping art genius inside and start turning out masterpieces. Remember Grandma Moses; she only STARTED painting in her retirement years and ended up loving it, being GREAT at it, and getting famous.
If you can afford it, spend the $$ and get the supplies. See if this is something that you love! Maybe you really will!
Let us know what you decide.