“Remember that Guy that Gave Up? Neither does Anybody Else”
I read this quote on Facebook, and it immediately struck me as the perfect title for the post I was working on. And here it is:
Being a wife and mother of 3 kids, ages 5 and under, is more than a full time job and can be exhausting at times. Now trying to add a freelance graphic designer to my list is a new challenge!
A few days ago I found myself falling into the depths of my hectic daily life, this life that I happily dedicate to my family and loved ones, while still trying to keep my career alive. I started doubting myself and wondering if this is the right time to get back into it, or maybe the kids are just still too young. Should I just give up and try again in few years? But I never gave up on anything, and I am usually very stubborn. My thoughts then drifted into thinking of friends and people around me. They all have struggles, one is fighting cancer while the other is fighting a vicious custody battle. Another lost their only source of income and someone else lost their home. But, none of them gave up, and if they can do it then I definitely can!
The next morning I got to speak to my mentor who happens to be an expert in the Visual Arts. By the time I got off the phone, I was filled with so much positive energy that I could conquer the world! He said: “always follow your gut feeling, cause life is just too short to ignore it. We’re not meant to only make money, but also to make a difference in this world, and no one will fulfill your purpose except you!” And when I asked him about expressing my personal views in my work, he responded: “You need to use all the experience you have as an artist, a mother, an Arab American and otherwise in your work. And if someone asks you to stop doing something that you feel so strongly about, you tell them to shut up because unless they’re giving you money, they can’t tell you what to do!”
While I’m not into writing, I felt the need to share this positive energy with everyone, especially mothers who are struggling to follow their dreams. Perhaps it could encourage and lift someone who needs a push forward, because the fact is that no matter how cloudy it is sometimes, it always clears up to the sunny blue sky!