Imagine a painting of your life, what colors would be there? How would you show the different times in your life? Would you shade the areas where you had a hard time or use lines to show that? Being a artist that never truly finishes their work would be hard. When you are young, your enthused about painting. As you start to get older, all you want to do is visit with friends, so you miss that part of your life. Then you get back on track and work like crazy to make up wasted time. But you think to yourself “Will I ever finish my masterpiece or will it end when I do?”
You start out with a blank canvas, nothing on it, but ready to absorb new information. You soak up the paint like a sponge, like a baby soaking in all the information it can. The paint on the brush is your knowledge, and you are waiting for that first piece of information that you can get. The first line would mark that you can walk, as the line grows you begin to talk. As your painting grows, so does your knowledge. Learning more and more everyday.
At this point you don't know what is wrong and what is right, you have no clue what you want to paint. As your sitting there you are thinking, then you come up with an idea. You think of trees and grass, of water and sky. You start to see pictures and colors form into a beautiful picture. But what to do next? Should you continue to create a master piece or should you let another person show you? You decide to watch to see what others would do in your position, and you learn from that to start on your own master piece.
You begin to learn that a little help does not hurt. Talking with other people and sharing ideas. You let other people criticize your work. You learn different shapes and sizes, colors and shades. While learning all these wonderful things you start to piece it together in the first step of your painting. Your painting doesn't look like much because its only an outline. You are wondering if its even going to look good.
You begin to realize that you can use your own technique, that you don't have to do what others do. You become an individual. You start to see the the beginning outline, nothing big with no detail. Because your painting is flexible right now you may change your mind in the future. You're not sure what you want to do but you know you want to get there. You are at that point that you don't want to copy other people but you are inspired by others. You begin to take advice willingly.
Now you begin to see what it is you want, you just have no clue what to do about it. You are not ready enough to journey on your own, you still need guidance and help. Not so much help that you can't do anything for yourself but to pick you up when you fall. You begin to realize that other people are like yourself. They like the same art, technique, recognize the same artists. You begin to make friends. Sharing opinions, likes and dislikes, simple things that people usually do.
Your social life begins to grow, and for...