This week’s artists quote is from Spanish artist and founder of Cubism, Pablo Picasso. This quote seems valid to me because it seems like every child is born with a curiosity and optimism that is unmatched in adulthood. When you are a child, you see the world with all its possibilities and you are not afraid; you do not censor yourself. If only we could retain that childlike innocence and wonderment as we age. It seems almost inevitable that, as we go through life, we will be hardened by experience, we will become aware of criticism, and we will hold back on expressing some things for fear of ridicule or embarrassment.
I also feel that, as we age, we can sometimes start to take ourselves too seriously and we lose that joy for life and excitement over the little things, that children have. When you’re young, you’re not labeled as something. Bobby isn’t a chemist, Timmy isn’t a businessman, and Sally isn’t an artist. You all start off on a level playing field and nobody knows who is “good at” this or that. I think this quote is powerful because it reminds us that there was a time before we put up barriers and limitations on ourselves when we all could be anything we wanted. When everyone played with crayons and paper, and not just the ones deemed “good enough.” So please, pick up a pencil and paper and doodle. We all can do it.
What do you think of this quote? Do you believe everyone is born an artist? If so, how can we remain one throughout life?