Saturday, January 14, 2012

Cultivating Genius


I am so proud of my 13 year old son - The Artist. He is working so hard right now to put together a portfolio of creative pieces for an audition in 10 days time to a high school with a specialized visual arts program. Whether he actually gets in or not, the process behind the attempt has been such a valuable experience, that it almost doesn’t matter.

The Artist is not particularly interested in sports (although he does have a wicked golf swing). And academics have never been his thing. But his wild imagination and eagerness to express it through pencil and paper is truly phenomenal. And as a mom, it makes me so happy to know that my child is passionate about something worthwhile.

We should all be so lucky to have an activity through which we can shine – regardless of how others may perceive it or whether or not it might actually take us anywhere concrete in this mundane life. True passion is about joy and it is rooted in the soul. And when we follow that kind of calling, it can only be something positive.

4 comments:

Brian Miller said...

nice...like the progression of your little verse there and best wishes for your artist...if he is chasing what he loves that is awesome...

ruthie said...

I so love this post, I have sat and watched each of my three find their space in which they can shine and it has been so very precious.

Felicitas said...

Thank you, Brian. I agree!

Felicitas said...

Thank you, Ruthie. You're so right, this really is a precious time. There is nothing better than witnessing your children come into their own.