Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.
― Salvador Dalí
In a recent post, the Australian urban sketcher Liz Steel, presents her motivation for keeping a daily sketchbook in a very simple and elegant way, she says:
My main reason for sketching regularly is to keep a visual journal of my life ( … ) the goal is to sketch things which are descriptive of my day-to-day life.
For a person like me, with an excessive inclination to existential brooding, her way of putting things feels liberatingly clearheaded.
everyday sketching – the artichoke
To me, in my very personal interpretation, Liz Steel’s “testimony” come to mean something like: Her I am, in this strange, mad & beautiful world, with no clear vision of how and why things came to be as they are – so why not make the best of it by doing things that makes meaning, paying attention to life as it goes on all around me, as long as this remarkable mystery called life continues.
Or, to put it briefly, why not strive for beauty by cultivating the things one love?
To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.
― John Dewey
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I love the Dewey quote, which is the sort of thinking I try to inspire among my young adult students who’ve no idea what to pursue in their lives. I tell them to reflect on what matters to them, and what pursuit makes them feel happiest…but society, and parents, seem always to be saying: “Go to college to get a good job.” That is so different from “Go to college to think critically about what you have a passion to do, and then do that because you’ve the motivation.”
Nice artichoke! Such a cool plant…
Agree – to all!
Why not, indeed?