Most parents would force their children to participate in extracurriculars like swimming or soccer during the weekends that would refrain them from watching too much TV or playing addicting video games. Well my parents felt the same way but for different reasons. My mom just looked at my long, thin fingers and immediately decided that playing the piano was the way to go. Like most first graders, I couldn’t care less and went along with it as long as it didn’t make me miss an episode of the Powerpuff Girls on Cartoon Network. During my first piano lesson, I met this middle aged bald man who seemed to have a hearing problem. Anyways, this guy was so stubborn; he hated kids who could not not play a simple song like Mary Had a Little Lamb. I messed up with the G flats and could not tolerate with this man’s teaching style. Eventually, I cajoled my mom that I hated playing the piano and quit in less than a year, never having to see that horrible teacher again. I wanted to do something that I enjoy and obviously the piano and I did not agree.
So how did I become so infatuated with art? While many people say that the TV rots your brain, I actually absorb the images from the screen rather than letting them pass by my mind. SO back to the show, The Powerpuff Girls, I was sitting in the dining room , watching the show as always and then grabbed a pencil and paper. I practiced drawing the three characters repetitively until I saw my mom looking over my shoulder. SHe looked at my drawing and then back at the TV, noticing that they looked exactly the same! She was surprised at my ability to look at an image and then duplicate it onto the paper. SHe thought I had an innate talent of drawing from memory. In fact, I’ve never taken art lessons before until my mom helped me get into Mark Twain by moving away to cartoons and introducing me to realistic drawing and then into high school.
I guess with seven years of art, I could apply my artistic ability into the business world. With the fast paced world exposed to advertisements like McDonalds and Nike, I want to do something with advertising where I can design logos and products for companies. What I’m trying to say is that sometimes you discover a talent that you never knew you had. In a way, exposing to new things might be beneficial, however, don’t force yourself to like something. You will be miserable like me with the piano.