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August 30th, 2009 | Author:

I’ve always believed that art is individual.  No two people think alike or look at art alike.  So it would make sense that no two people would create art the same either.

When I was in first grade, my teacher asked us to make a picture of some land and sky.  From what I remember, we were free to draw and color pretty much any way we felt.  While most of the other kids used color crayons, I picked magic markers.  I wanted my picture to be really bold.   I don’t remember exactly how I did the ground area but the sky is a vivid memory because of my teacher’s reaction in front of the whole class.

She took one look at my picture and said, “What did you do?  That’s not how the sky looks!  That is sloppy work!”  That’s all it took and I began to cry.  Yes, if you read Part 1 of this blog post, you’ll see another teacher made me cry.  It wasn’t like I did something to get in trouble.  Both of the teachers squashed my creativeness. 

Well, since I thought my dark blue, light blue, and purple sky looked just like some stormy skies I had seen, something came over me and I told her I thought my picture was just right.  Apparently she didn’t like me standing up for myself and took it as being disrespectful.  (Keep in mind, I was only 7 years old and I can’t believe I actually even said anything when most of the time I was like a mouse.)  However, by the end of the day, the teacher had called my parents and told them she needed to speak with them about my “behavior.”

Thank goodness, Mom and Dad, always supported my creativeness and stuck up for my choice to color my picture the way I did.

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August 21st, 2009 | Author:

You would think a thirteen year old would remember a lot from his childhood.  Right? After all, I’m still living my childhood.  But even with only thirteen years behind me, I don’t always remember much from my early school years.  That is, except the big moments that stick out for one reason or another.

I was in kindergarten.  I think we were having “career day” for whatever that was worth at that age.  Parents were invited and Mom came as always but Dad had to work.  The teacher went around the room asking each kid what they wanted to be when they grew up. Normal question, right?  Lots of people have asked me the same thing since then.

Most kids answered the typical jobs and the teacher responded with a “great” or “that’s a good job” or some other positive comment.  When it was my turn to answer, I proudly said, “I want to be everything!”

Immediately, the teacher said, “You can’t be everything.  You can only do one thing.  Just pick one.”

After a few rounds of “Yes I can,” and “No you can’t,” I burst into tears and ran to my mom sitting in the back of the room.  I honestly didn’t know what Mom thought then but apparently she was shocked at the teacher’s negative comment.  Mom knew I had big plans, whatever those were, so she thought my answer made perfect sense.

My teacher happened to be pretty old and was close to retirement.  Being a teacher all of her life, maybe she never had any other goals or things she wanted to do.  I guess lots of people in her time chose one job and stuck with it their whole life.  But telling me that I could only be one thing (especially in front of my whole class) didn’t set well with me, even at five years old.  I knew better. I could be anything I wanted to be or even try a lot of different things.

Note to teachers, parents, and other adults: Don’t tell a kid they are limited in what they can do or what they can be.

Note to self: Keep believing that I can do anything as long as I keep trying and remember to ignore the negative comments of others.

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August 14th, 2009 | Author:

Initiative is the drive to do something without being told.  Not everyone has this talent.  I, for one, struggle with initiative and just getting going sometimes. Because I have my own business, people assume I am really motivated.   But I remind them that I’m really just a regular kid who would rather play than work a lot of times. Apparently, there are many adults like this also. I have come up with a way to motivate myself without being told to do something.

For most people getting started is the hard part.  I figured out that if you make a list of everything that needs to be done and just go down the list and start doing each thing, you will have your list gone in no time.  Once you start, it is easier to finish it.

Why am I telling you this? Well, there are many people who live their whole life just being told what to do.  Those people are not the ones running companies.  Unless you always want someone telling you what to do, try my method.  Initiative can go a long way.  Then be proud of your efforts.

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August 09th, 2009 | Author:

Life is about believing what you can’t see.  When you believe, it becomes real to you.  Think of when you were little.  You believed in Santa Clause and he was like a real person to you.  Believing is like magic — it makes dreams into realities.

The problem with society is that after we start growing up, people start deminishing our fantasies.  Those who continue to dream and BELIEVE are much happier in life.  It’s like they are still a child at heart.   Sometimes people who continue to believe are looked down upon as being childish or immature.   But when you believe in yourself, you are more likely to accomplish what you set out to do.  Do you think Thomas Edison would have been able to invent the things he did if he didn’t believe in himself? 

For those who have been to Seaworld in San Diego, you might remember that their Shamu show is titled “Believe.”  If that philosophy is good enough for Seaworld, it should be good enough for us. 

 “When you believe you can achieve” as the saying goes, so start believing and your dreams may just come true.