Do This 1 Thing For Yourself

And bask in the joy of it

Artwork by author, Annie Wood

For as long as I can remember I’ve had conversations with people who seem to be of the mindset that they aren’t special, aren’t talented, aren't’ good enough.

To which I usually respond with, good enough for what? For life? That makes no sense. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have been born!

You’re here therefore you matter. Simple as that.

When my mom died in 2015, I lost my biggest fan, best friend, and soul human. But for some reason, the absence of her physical presence didn’t send me into the pit of despair that I was expecting. Instead, it inspired me to dive headfirst into creating art. I’ve always been a writer, actor, photographer but when it came to drawing and painting, I didn’t think it was a talent I was “born with.”

Instead of thinking too much about it, I just started creating. First with rock painting, then small abstracts, then large abstracts, then collage. Then I began to book group shows, sold my work on Etsy, and eventually got three solo shows, one in Venice, Italy! Which was a freakin’ dream.

Photo source: the author

See, the thing is,

all of this happened not because I was born with a special gift. It happened because I wanted it. And it happened because that want was so strong, I showed up and did the work and I taught myself to do the thing I wanted to do. And this makes me proud of me. And that feels good.

I taught myself to draw by watching YouTube tutorials and practicing a lot. Like a lot, a lot. Every. Single. Day.

Now, after I draw something I think to myself, “Hey, I did this thing. This thing that I couldn’t do before. Good for me. I’m proud of you, Annie!” I don’t need to look in the mirror and say it out loud, because I already know what I look like and who I am so I just say it in my head. And when I do, my entire being smiles.

So, the 1 thing you can do to find a little joy…

is be proud of yourself.

I know this can work for you too. And I know that you have something in your life that you’re proud of doing, creating, feeling, having. Something.

So, I implore you, take a moment and acknowledge yourself. Be proud of what you’ve done and who you are. This whole being human thing takes some effort and here you are doing it! YAY YOU!

The more often you give yourself a little pat on the back, the easier it will get. And no one ever has to know. I mean, you don’t need to write a Medium article about it.

Now, tell me, what are you proud of?

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Former Dating Game Show Host. Current Author, TV/Film/VO Actor & Artist. Enthusiasm Enthusiast. 🥳 Care to support the arts?

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