A few days ago I came across a drawing by my first daughter and as I marveled at the detailing in the piece, she asked if I could draw and without giving it a thought I replied, “no love, not even to save my life.” She looked at me, opened her mouth as if to say something but thought again and kept mute.
Two days later, she asked the same question and I gave the same reply. She then reminded me of how she too couldn’t draw even to save her life just a few years ago, precisely when she was in JSS 1, she is in SS2 now.
As she walked away I remembered a particular day she had a project and spent the entire day waiting for her dad to get home so he could draw it for her, only to be so heartbroken when he vehemently refused to draw it and told her she could.
She tried and tried, and eventually, she drew something. Yes, something was what we called it because it didn’t look like what she was asked to draw but it was a drawing and her dad still refused to do it for her so she submitted it anyway.
Fast forward 5 years later and my baby who couldn’t draw to save her life is wowing us daily with her drawings.
Someone asked me a couple of weeks ago how she started drawing and if she had lessons. I answered that she didn’t have lessons but I noticed she never stopped trying after her dad refused to draw her project for her. She just kept trying to draw and even when we didn’t recognize what she drew, she kept at it.
We all truly have the ability to do so many things. We all can fit into just about every situation we find ourselves and we can choose to give up, roll over and die or we can choose to take a step, fall, get up and keep trying. Either way, we must all choose.
So if you have been told you can’t or if you have failed so many times at anything, today I will say, run! Run! Keep at it till you get the result you want. Keep at it till it yields to you, the lines may be crooked today but with every stroke, it gets straighter and even if it doesn’t, carve out your own niche and soon enough, the LINE WILL BE NAMED AFTER YOU.
So I say to you today, keep at it till it yields to you.
Some of my daughter’s drawings.
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This article was first published on 10th December 2017