But you know what I mean :)
I'm sure your path was never a straight line either!
So I thought I'd share a tiny bit about my art journey so far.
My earliest art memory is of "drawing" on my Nani's flagstone courtyard with water, watching it quickly evaporate in the heat. I was about two years old.
Then once, when I was about four, waking up very early, and sitting quietly by myself in the half-dawn, sketching in a notebook.
Since then I have explored so many different paths - working as an apprentice at an ad agency before I graduated from high school, studying electronics and almost signing up for further studies in computer science, studying economics (I don't really know why), studying interior design (I got a job as junior designer before I graduated, and I discovered I liked commercial design (more functionality-based) over residential design (usually more decoration-based). I once set up a home staging company with another deisgner, but this came years later.) Studying pedagogy (I worked in a bunch of schools off and on, but when I had my daughter I opted for school-free learning. Go figure!)
There was much more learning and exploring and many different kinds of jobs in between. Throughout though, art was always my solace, and I continued to dabble in it, even exhibiting and selling my work - lots of architecture, orchids, arabesque art, and vintage textiles-inspired paintings. So fun!
To now, where my main work is book illustration, therapeutic art workshops, and lots of personal art explorations.
There's a whole other story about how I got to that, but basically, I came full circle.
And now I'm fully immersed in art-making, and so, so grateful that there is no end to artistic exploration.
So here's my take-away from all this.
Art is a primal expression. We all have it, even if it sometimes gets lost or buried.
We all have a unique artistic voice. And to discover it is worth the journey. No matter how twisty-turn-y it gets.