The daily paint-a-thon continues with a little primitive portrait of a girl I greatly admire. AJ is a teenager like no other, and exudes such a strong and vibrant energy that I was not surprised at all when her visage emerged from the board today.
Teenagers normally terrify me (I've raised a few, so I have experience behind my fear), and being a teenager was terrifying for me as well. But lately I've noticed something wonderful...there are people in the 13-19 age category who are amazing and funny and brilliant and kind. No, really! And self-assured and creative and super intelligent. AJ is one of these people. And I find myself mesmerized.
So I started thinking - how would my life be different if I had been a teenager infused with these same awe-inspiring qualities? Immediately I knew I would have chosen a different path in college (something wildly creative and full of exploration!) and for sure additional degrees. I love going to school! And I would have felt free to express myself (how I dressed, what hobbies I pursued, who I hung out with and the things we talked about) without so much self-censorship. Now I do not have a crystal ball, but I can just imagine the results decades later - a purple-haired 50-something dancing and drumming in the back yard during a full moon.
But hold on a minute! I may not have purple hair (only because I am allergic to hair color products) but I have been known to immerse myself in a shamanic full moon journey, complete with drumming. Hmmmm. And I now have a wildly creative life and feel pretty darn free to express myself when I feel the need.
Perhaps my awkward teenage years did not interfere with my becoming just who I am supposed to be after all. And while I ponder that some more, I will continue to watch the new brand of teenager with awe and fascination, wondering where their amazing abilities and interests will lead them. Rock on, AJ, rock on.