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Not a Prodigy

"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things." - Leonardo da Vinci

I knew I wasn’t special at a young age. Anyone else feel that way? Like everyone else around you was born pre-cooked, ready to go, skills included. Not me. I was just your average human. Nothing to see here. I wanted so desperately to be talented – to have an eye for this or a knack for that. But it was always 4th place, nice try, or passable.


I grew up thinking that everyone around me was born with some sort of talent gene that I was most certainly missing. It took me many years to realize that though this might be true – some people are more gifted than others – it’s also true that some people are just late bloomers. Some of us take a little longer to find our calling, to discover that spark that sets our souls on fire.

10th Grade Art Class (2003)

It took me 30 years to decide that I wanted to be a painter. With no skills or talent to back me, it was going to be a journey of perseverance and patience. It was going to be a fight for every bit of progress.


It's been 5 years since I started painting and I’ve come a long way. Thousands of hours spent painting and piecing together my self-made talent.   The journey of a late bloomer may be less celebrated but it’s certainly equally beautiful. So, if you want it, don’t wait for it, go and get it.  

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