It must have been my mom that instilled my love of color and why at one time I had orange sofas. It was my mom who exposed us to travel and seeing life through various cultural lenses other than one's normal surroundings.
I suppose she possessed a certain kind of restlessness, but many do who go on to explore unknown territory. There are often great treasures that exist beyond one’s scope of sight.
When you haven’t lived in the same house and same small town your whole life you might see things differently. When you’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel and experience different cultures, you might not want to settle for status quo when there are clearly different options.
“Why” do you want to do things that way?”is is often a question of those who haven’t seen beyond their backyard. Why isn’t normally my question, but rather, “Why not?”
Sometimes a “Why” might surface when I’ve made myself settle for smallness, lack of vision, or familiarity, but usually my “Why” is more the nature of, “Why must we all look a like, think a like, or act alike when there is no limit to creativity in the world?
Although, it’s quite normal to be baffled with new ideas, “Why” is the hallmark of every new generation. When I sit across the table from my kids or their friends, I get stirred with excitement about their out-of-the-box-thinking and vision for their futures.
It’s normal to wrestle with new ideas, but we get into trouble when we expect the “next” to actually be the same. We shut off opportunity when we are closed to possibility.
So like my mama, I choose color, because I can. I applaud others brave enough to do the same. And I will continue to choose courage to challenge old paradigms, because to do otherwise is to settle.
Day 28, Why Not!, 30 Paintings In 30 Days
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