For many years I was a private art teacher; I started at the age of 15 as a teacher’s assistant in my mother’s studios (she had 3 going at one point in different towns), but it was only later when I became a single mom that the interesting added component of incorporating life coaching or art therapy came into play in my interactions with my students.
The art class became the vehicle for discussions to open up, and the conversations took some interesting turns. Many of the people who attended my classes were coincidentally in difficult relationships, and had decided to take art classes as a way of bringing some joy into their lives.
Even though they had made the decision to do something they had wanted to do for years, and took the necessary action of signing up for a class, I noticed that I needed to give most of my adult students permission, either overtly or subtly, to become what they wanted to be, and to learn what they wished to learn.
I’d never thought of it before so deeply, how we all seek approval from others before we will start an activity or something new in our lives, yet how many of us feel we CAN’T do something, and so WON’T?
When we say we can’t do something, we do know on a conscious level that unless we take classes or find some way to learn, then we won’t have the necessary skills to do it. We can’t possibly know in advance if we truly have talent or not, without ever having tried it. It’s much like deciding we don’t like the taste of a new food before having eaten it.
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