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"I wish I could draw."

I hear this sighed over me daily.

"I wish I could draw. I can't even draw a stick figure."

Usually they're not even looking at what I'm drawing, just watching me practice, wishing that they could be good at it. I clench my teeth each time I hear this, because in my mind, this statement is comparable to
"I wish I could cook. I can't even boil water."
"I wish I could snowboard. I can't even stand up on skis."
"I wish I could do first aid. I can't even open a swiss army knife."

THIS IS JUST PLAIN SILLY. All of these skills, art included, can be gained with good, honest practice. I hate the implication that anyone's skills just dropped out of the sky. Like there's something bred into those who have the desired skill, like blue eyes or the ability to tan. Not so. They worked HARD for their skills, and so they deserve to have them. Those vainly breathing their wishes to the sky are going to get nothing but a self-inflicted whack to their confidence. (I'm not downplaying the fact that some people have a natural talent: Just saying that hard work wins out over talent any day).

These "I wish/ I can't even" statements are obviously just saying "I can't". All those wishes flying up into the air make an awful lot of negativity. And if wishes were fishes, these ones would be the nasty old whiskered bottomfeeders that stink to the high heavens and taste like old boots. Speaking them aloud leaves a bad effect on everyone in the room, especially the subject of envy. I mean, seriously? What am I supposed to do with your irresolute longing?

Instead, why don't we see these people we admire and stop envying them? Use their hard work as encouragement and realize that we, too, can become better than we've ever been? Encourage one another and develop ourselves into better individuals with the skills to bring joy to others?

Example: the world once thought it was physically impossible to break the four minute mile. Roger bannister shattered that school of thought in 1954. By the end of 1957, 16 more people had taken his lead and broken the record. It was not impossible! People were holding themselves back because of what they believed they couldn't do!



All I can say is If you really want it, go get it. And don't let yourself stand in the way.
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animatrix1490 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Yep. Wishing is NOT ALLOWED. :)

Just kidding. I know I do this a lot. But I'm trying to change. Instead of thinking about it, I'm trying to do it more. Sometimes it's kinda frustrating, but I need to focus on where I'm going, not on where I'm stuck.

Thanks for the reminder.
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LightlyBow Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Student
I hear it from so many people and I want to tell them "That's not going to get you anywhere..." But I know that's kind of rude.
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animatrix1490 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
It wouldn't sound so bad if you started, "Oh, but you CAN!" And then when they ask you how...
say it'll cost 'em twenty bucks.
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LightlyBow Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student
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marisajoelle Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well this is incredibly true. Normally I just tell people what one of my friends told me every time I said something like that. She would say practice, practice, practice. Because in truth practice can make perfect. I mean I'm not perfect but the more I practice the better I become. Now the hard part is to make people understand that...
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LightlyBow Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Student
Yeah. Sometimes people simply don't listen to things they don't want to hear.
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marisajoelle Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup I would know, I do that too XD But sometimes it is good to hear these things a few times, for it to actually stick
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kana-plz Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
It's so hard to tell someone after they ask "How do you draw like that?" that, simply, you practice. A lot. They just don't really understand that drawing and art is just like any other skill, that you have to hone and practice to get good at.
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LightlyBow Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Student
People want to think it's a natural talent for some odd reason. That's mostly bologna.
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iceheartt Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
THank you!
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