There is so much wisdom in this piece by Paula Chase Hyman, Check Your Respect.
Paula shares the not-so-helpful comments of others regarding her daughter's pursuit of a future as a dancer, and reflects on how her own journey as an author shares many of the same challenges...
And in the face of those challenges, Paula “knows what it’s like to have Art in you that you’re compelled to put out in the world.” And with that knowledge, she advocates for her daughter, for herself, and for those of us fortunate enough to read her words.
“Please stop smothering us with your fears and concerns. Negative energy is the artist’s natural enemy. We have enough self doubt to fill a stadium. Don’t push yours on us.
Root for us.
Support our work.
Tell others about the artists you know.
We put beauty into the world. That’s never a bad thing.”
Read the full piece here.
Illustrate and Write On,