A streetcar named ... February 18 2018

 

Every year as a child on Halloween I dressed up as an artist. I always wanted to be an artist. I longed to go to art school. I wanted to paint and create. And I wanted to teach art in middle or high school. I always knew that.

But life happens. Twists and turns along the way presented roadblocks and big detours. But my desire to be an artist eventually began to turn into possibility as I finally made it to art school. I began as a part time student in Chicago, followed by the courses I could manage with a young family. 

Eventually, I received my diploma in graphic design and opened my own studio. The business was successful for a long time and helped pay the bills. A constant background was the longing to paint what I wanted to, and I worked away on my creations when and where I could.

It seemed, though, that the opportunity to go back to school and get a teacher’s diploma so I could teach art in the school system had passed me by. I believed I was too old and that it would take too long to complete the program while I also worked my business and raised my family.

Desires are a funny thing. Just when you think they won’t be realized, you find yourself on that streetcar once again, travelling toward that which you have longed for.

I received a phone call from a college. Based on my training and work experience, they invited me to teach part time in their school of design program. It was exciting and thrilling. I couldn’t believe that one of my deepest desires had come to fruition. To be in a classroom with 50 young adults, from all over the world, keen to learn and grow in their craft was a privilege. The excitement and satisfaction of those few years remain vivid.

Dreams and desires fuel our souls and drive us to strive. But, if we are truly fortunate, we will always have unfulfilled longings calling us forward.

“I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.” – Khalil Gibran

You can see more about my “A streetcar named …” painting here.

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