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Ladaisi: La-Daisy. A combination of nicknames that sort of stuck with me.
You Do What You Do
People have always told me to focus on one thing. “Pick one thing,” they’d say, “and just do that.”
Despite the logic behind their advice, I could never seem to follow it. I tried, once or twice, and found myself incapable of ignoring my natural instincts. To dabble.
Which is exactly what I ended up doing.
While trying to figure out what I wanted in life, I played at many things. I was a singer/songwriter for a small, unknown band. I attended a few colleges, collected a few job titles, and periodically took short road-trips. I briefly studied acrylic, watercolor, and oil painting, pen and ink portraiture, piano, photography, and creative writing. I joined book clubs, took up running, volunteered as a barista, and wrote literary fiction. I spent a ridiculous amount of time in coffeehouses, watching other people. (Rude? Perhaps.)
And slowly, one day at a time, I finally came to identify who I was. An artist.
When I call myself an artist, I am referring to who I am as a person. I read once that being an artist is not dependant on a particular talent, but rather based on how the individual views the world, and, by default, life in general.
Perhaps if I’d focused on one of these various areas in particular, I might have accomplished more. In fact, some might say I wasted my time dabbling in so many different things.
Sometimes it’s better to look at the small picture. Extract happiness from simple moments.