I'd like to add my own take on this post. Georgia O'Keefe's words hit me in a very deep a personal way. To me, it speaks to how I was told to see the world and my place in it. My talents and limitations were made very clear to me
as a child and teen in the 50's and 60's. I was even told who I could expect to marry. Well, I did NOT share my teacher's and family's dim views of me and my life's journey. I, thank God, did not agree with their grim opinions of my abilities and ignored their limiting advice and yet, went on to become a highly educated professional woman, who has always been extremely determined to succeed in many aspects of my life's "impossibilities". I have always expected excellence from myself and have never believed that anything is over or impossible until all reasonable avenues of possibility are exhausted (being too tired of it all has never been an option). So, where does one find these values and different views on life, when others are quite content to put them in a small limited box. My answer is in keeping with Ms. Okeef's statement, which reflects on a retake of what she had been taught and how she viewed herself and the world in which she lived.
I believe it all comes down to love and respect for one's self and that leads a person to abandon this objectification by those who need to tell you who you are and how you should experience life. In the end, her statement speaks about the choices many of us make, once we become aware that we are free to view and aspire to our limitless imaginations and creativity. However, one fact that cannot be ignored, is that some individuals (in some parts of society or countries) have been so oppressed that they are not free to choose. This is an issue that must be addressed. By sharing our positive experiences, when making our own choices, we can encourage, empower and support others to see their options, which will enable their personal growth and freedom. Here's to creating happiness and living a life you deserve.
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