The benefits of adversity

 
Stuart Bush, You don't understand me, series of 4 works gouache on paper, the benefits of adversity post
©Stuart Bush, You don’t understand me, part 1-4, gouache on paper
Many children spend a lot of their time with their peers.  In my childhood, I changed schools five times. This meant l had to learn to start over again and again.  At the time I couldn’t see the benefits of adversity. I could only see the challenges of the upheavals.  Making friends and building strong relationships was a continual challenge.  It felt like before I knew it, I was moving again.  
 
As I didn’t have easy and regular access to friends, I naturally was drawn to the easy path of finding things to do on my own. I didn’t spend my time playing sports.  I was shy and it took me a long time to get to know people and trust them. 
 
Like most kids, I enjoyed watching television. For me, it was mainly the A-Team, the Fall Guy and Airwolf. My childhood dream was to become a stuntman.  The main activities I found myself doing were building models, drawing, playing lego and riding my bike.
 
By spending time drawing and making things I become quite good at these activities. l remember that l stood out in my class and was noted for my drawing abilities.  This made me feel good about myself and it gave me more encouragement to continue drawing.
 
As I got older I started dreaming about becoming an architect. The impossible concept of becoming an artist never entered my thoughts for a moment. However, I stumbled into an art degree without a plan. Then I stumbled out looking for a job. When I graduated the thought of making a living as an artist still appeared impossible.   
 
As I look back to where I started I have the benefits of adversity to thank for being an artist. And of course, the Internet has helped me to have a career as an artist.  I still would have continued to draw, paint and make things but few people would see them without the Internet.  Art is what I love doing, and I wouldn’t change my experiences and path for anything now. 
 
I would love to hear from you if your adversity had a positive impact on your life.

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