There Is Value in What You Love
Updated: May 21, 2020
Just because something comes easily to you doesn't mean it doesn't have any value.
This is a lesson that took me years to learn.
As a kid I could draw from memory -- all the lines, the gestures, the expressions on people's faces flowed out from my pen. I didn't even need to do a rough draft. What came out was a finished, thoughtfully composed drawing. It came easily.
Truth is, in the past I would give away my drawings as gifts to friends and not even keep a copy for myself. I didn't value them. I thought 'Geez, anybody can do this stuff.'
Not the case, as I found out after picking up a pen again for the first time in many, many decades.
I came to realize the value of my drawings when I saw some of my drawings from the '70s posted on Facebook. I had 2 thoughts: (1) Gee, they really value my stuff. They've had it hanging in their home for decades and (2) How the heck did I ever do that? #ListenToYourGut
I started to draw again, but I had lost my chops. That's when I realized that Not Everyone Can Draw. #PracticeMakesPerfect
Here's a birthday card I made for my dad back in the days when I could crank out a drawing in a matter of minutes.