I am lucky enough to say that I grew up in a supportive family unit: Mum, Dad, two brothers. Nothing dramatic happened as I look back to something that stood out for me the most. I have friends who chased their love to the corners of the earth. I also have friends that moved from the other side of the world to call Sydney home. I moved 20 minutes east when I was 5?... Some of me says: ‘I’m lucky-don’t be so ungrateful’. Some of me says, ‘I don’t have an interesting story to tell.’ My parents are now divorced and while my mamma prepares to move out of the family home- we are obliged to sit and reminisce.
When I remember how I was as a kid, it’s an out of body experience. The kid back then. Because I’m different now. I’m grown up, mature, I’m married and have a kid myself. I’m an adult. What I didn’t expect to find is that our DNA and behavior is fate. Nothing is conditioned. And our parents indirectly choose to suppress certain traits or encourage them.
In this moment: I have 6 safari tabs open, am conversing with 3 people via text, and thinking about my 3pm appointment who hasn’t decided whether balayage is right for her…. Oh and just grammed for the second time this morning. Miss Year 6 Yellow reports: ‘Maria can be easily distracted if not closely supervised’… who shares the same train of thought as Miss Year 2 Orange: ‘Maria tends to daydream and waste time, this makes it difficult for her to complete set tasks on time’.
Now… my editor will tell you that my blog is late every. single. time! Yes, it’s true. Do I make sure it’s the best goddamn blog I could do. Damn straight! This is the thing: we are the same people we have always been. My daydream capacity is second to none. Even though my mamma would have loved the thought of straight A’s and the ‘perfect’ student, would I change anything?? Hell, no! I manage a team, run a household and 2 businesses… If I didn’t get distracted and attempt things with the thought of possibly leaving them unfinished- there’d be something a little off, no?
Hard to believe but Miss Kindy and Miss Year 5 Yellow had something pretty cool to say about me. They just got me: ‘Maria displays a great deal of creativity and imagination.’… ‘Maria is a very creative student. She has great attention to detail and produces very colourful artworks.’
If I was to hunt these teachers down and have a friendly convo- I reckon they’d be pleasantly surprised? With the outcome, I mean. A very wise person told me that the education system can stifle one’s creativity because artists are not seen to be ‘successful’ if money drives the success. What I do know is that a corporate life is not and will never be my thing. I’m fortunate enough to have dawdled and continue to dawdle on this side of the fence with the daydreamers, chatters and creatives… Contrary to popular belief but I’ve also made a living from this artistry. I suppose what the message is: Just be who you’ve always been unless you can be a unicorn- then ALWAYS be a unicorn!!