Today is Day 5 of the Slice of Life Story Challenge 2016 sponsored by: Two Writing Teachers
Last year my siblings got me involved in a contest to benefit a nonprofit for adults with disabilities. The Art Palette Contest involves buying an artist palette and creating some sort of work of art with the piece of wood. I judged I didn't have time for this contest but was coaxed into entering again because the contest was to benefit a worthy cause and because I could take some time during February vacation to make it happen.
I put a lot of pressure on myself to get it right, tossing and turning ideas around in my head for days before vacation. One thing you need to understand is that I come from a family of artistically talented people, with several sisters graduating from art school. I really wanted to paint but I judged I couldn't compete with my sisters. With vacation looming I started to doubt my decision to enter. It was then that I had a conversation with one of my sisters about the stress I was feeling about this silly contest. I was comparing myself to my other sisters and I knew I couldn't paint like them. Her response was “Of course you can’t paint like them. You don’t practice all the time like they do! The only way you get good at painting is to paint.” Wow! The words stung, but rang so very true. How could I paint like my sisters? Why was I trying to be something I am not?
With that thought I decided to find my niche, photography, and created something that was meaningful to me. I wasn't in the contest to win a prize after all, my goal was to have fun and raise awareness and funds for a good cause.