I am and have been impacted by so many smart and talented people throughout my life. Within the past few years, I have been trying to focus on me, and what makes me tick. Not as a mother, a wheelchair-user, or someone’s wife, but as a person who happens to describe herself with those adjectives and so many more. As an element of this journey, I have been discovering hobbies I enjoy doing by and for myself. When I was younger I thought “hobbies” were only for dorks, well call me a DORK because this is me. Seriously, I now understand that it takes so much inner strength to be open to new things and the true value of devoting time to yourself.
There are truly so many people I learn from. I try to take those lessons and someway incorporate them into my life. I am constantly trying to relearn things. Even taking time to calm down and reflect by coloring, a lesson taught to me almost 2 years ago by an amazing young man Shaun Gilbert. Or that if you do not ever try and continue practicing you might just miss out on something great. I will never be an artist at your level, Lauren Clark, but I am loving it!
No, my coloring is never going to be museum-worthy. As someone with fine motor difficulty, it is challenging for me. I have noted improvement from picture to picture, and improvement with anything when you have a degenerative disease is noteworthy. I almost failed coloring in kindergarten, so for me to choose to try coloring again as an adult is huge.