Life is Too Short and Sweet!
By Debra Snyder Heard
Every once a while I used to put myself down with thoughts like:
“Why didn’t I major in something else that makes more money?”
“Is this the only choice I have with hearing disabilities?”
”I bet people would respect me more if I were a doctor or lawyer!”
“Am I kidding myself that I’m a good artist?”
I spent years as an art teacher, graphic designer, mother, cook, housekeeper, and creating my art whenever I could, and putting everyone else’s needs first.
When I turned 50, I read every advise book I could find on what to expect in life at this age and older. I felt that time was running out! I want to do what was important to me! I made a choice to change things.
New rules in my life:
No more pleasing others, my time is very valuable!
Say no to anything that I don’t want to do!
Spend as much time as I can each day working in my art studio.
Don’t compare myself to others in any way!
Take care of my health physically and mentally.
I went from teaching art classes full time to part time. Joined body pump and zumba classes, and then belly dancing which shocked my family and friends (I am a very quiet and shy person). The dancing helped me feel good about myself and spread to other parts of my life. My drawings became part of what I do and see in life. I’m having the best time of my life!
I chose my drawing of belly dancer as the front page of my website because it represents to me as a creative woman, expressing my joy of life to the world.