The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
I don’t think many of us consider being who we are as a privilege. Too often we look to others, admiring and desiring those qualities that we see in them while downplaying our own unique traits and abilities. As a result we maintain a low profile, going along with the flow and seldom raising our voice to let our opinion be known. We allow ourselves to be made smaller.
I think the subject of this painting, a 12″ by 24″ canvas called As I Live and Breathe, is about accepting who you are and having the bravery to show that to the world. Stepping forward and daring to speak your truth. There is a liberation in this simple act of understanding who you are. It sheds fears. The disappointment that often came with the realization of what you were not is replaced with the thrill of seeing who and what you truly are.
We all deserve that privilege, that thrill of being who we are.