Thursday, October 18, 2007

Big Thoughts About Little Drawings: Duck!

I've been thinking about this cartoon a lot lately. It's one of those multilayered ones.
The top layer is: ducks. Ducks are funny. It's fun to say "Duck." It's fun to draw ducks.
The next layer is: Ducks don't have a lot of ambition. As far as we know. Except for Donald and maybe Scrooge McDuck.
The next layer is where it gets interesting. This cartoon actually grew out of my thoughts about how we are supposed to tell our children they can do and be anything they want - the sky is the limit (duck humor again), we believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way, quack quack quack.
But really -- each person is good at some things, and not so good at others. It's a fact. So I'd rather tell my kids,
Play to your strengths.
Take the time to find out what you're good at, what you love, and go do it. You'll be happier than if you're trying to fulfill something because someone said it was cool or your parents expect it or paid for lessons or something like that. Make some messes. Do some stuff badly. Really badly. Go ahead!!
Then, you'll know how to play to your strengths. If you're a duck, those strengths are probably pretty obvious. People, not so much. For the vast majority of us, it takes awhile.
So no, you're not going to do everything, and you're not going to be good at everything. But if you take the time, you can find out what makes you rock out and that is totally worth it.

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