Or do we not always recognise the value of our passions.
I was just updating my link list and ran across A Spoon Full of Sugar's posting on her new work space. It made me think about how sometimes, as a wife and mom, I push myself to the back of the line. Not always, just sometimes. I HAVE to have a cup of coffee and some quiet time each morning, and I will ALWAYS read every evening, so that's not going to change. But when it comes to doing something you love, do you put it aside because it's "not that important?"
It took me a while to totally take over my girls overrun playroom for my studio. I sort of felt guilty about unloading all of those underused toys. But then, when I gave myself permission to spread out and revel in the idea of a space to call my own, I still held back. I didn't paint, I used things I had or found cheap ways to make due. Is a sewing room, just a sewing room? - ooo... that felt SO Carrie Bradshaw just then... ;-)
I think that by pushing our own heart's desire to the backburner, we are teaching our daughters the invaluable lesson of being a good doormat. We should foster their creative passions, and include them with our own. Yes, there are times when I go in my room to escape. But there are also times when I love to see the wheels turning in their own creative little minds. I think they need to know that the passions in their own lives are worthwhile. I hope that when they are older and maybe considering what they want to be when they "grow up", following their passions would be second nature by then. It may help them find the great love in their life. It may help them leave a not so great love. I think that by valuing our own selves, we teach them that it's ok to follow your heart and let it lead you to wonderful places. I hope that my girls learn quite early on to listen to where their heart is guiding them to. Hopefully, they will find places that fill their hearts and warm their soul.
Have a lovely creative summer day!