Today’s Monday Motivation is a story about loosening lids.
Do you have a dream you’ve always wanted to follow?
Are you waiting for everything to be just right before you follow this dream? Then this story might just be the one for you.
By Chloe Hodder
This is a story about a man who worked as a teacher, a wonderful teacher, but always said, “I’m not a teacher, I’m an artist.”
He has the most incredible, incredible talent.
“All I want to do is paint!” he used to exclaim.
His mum, being the phenomenal supporter that she is, supported him so that he could fulfill his potential. She built a stone house, with her own hands, in the country so that they would be surrounded by the inspiration of nature. Allocated the biggest room in the house to be a studio, she filled the studio with quality canvas, beautiful brushes, the finest paint.
She cooked, and cleaned and provided, so that he wouldn’t have to worry himself with day-to-day living.
“All I want to do is paint!”
Yet he didn’t paint.
Finally, she sat him down in the studio, and said, “You don’t have to think about anything, you don’t have to do anything, you can do nothing but paint for the next 3 days solid. You don’t even have to get up to make yourself cups of tea, I will do that.”
So he sat. By that time though, the paint lids had wielded shut.
“I just need to loosen the lids,” he said.
35 years later, he is still loosening lids.
You can prepare till the cows come home, there will always be preparation to be done, reasons to wait and excuses to find.
Are you loosening lids?
The education system teaches us that we require the permission of a piece of paper before we can do anything, be anything. To be creative even, it tells us we need permission.
You don’t need a piece of paper that tells you how adequate you are, or even less, how good your memory of the inconsequential is.
I’m a writer because I write, and I write because I’m a writer.
When you come from the place of true passion for the craft itself, no one can take that away from you. It’s no longer a competition, but a calling.
Ask yourself what is meaningful to you, and do that. It can really be that simple, if you would just let it be.