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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

How Young Are You?

Regarding "How old are you?", we might as well change ways of asking such as "How young are you?" When I play with children in a park or elsewhere, kids ask my name and "How old are you?" Quite interesting to see their parents secretly smiling or giggling around me. I feel adults want to know how old I am, too.  My answer is clear. "When I was born, I saw dinosauruses walking around my house. I'm very old. They were huge. I saw a T Rex." One day, my answer impressed a little boy. He asked me, "Were you scared?" "No, some of them were friendly and not so big." Ah, what a shame, I had to go home after exercises in a park (*the picture book illustration is waiting for me!). I wish I could have a chat with that boy! In our imaginative world, the boy and I could have played with dinosauruses. I love to do pretending with children. Why are children young?
A girl between a woman and a child
I think because children have dreams, creativity and imagination. As long as a person has a dream and strives for it, she is young, I believe. Among us, adults, I feel some people are much younger than their real ages. They have dreams, working to achieve it or enjoying their work. "How young are you?" sounds appropriate to ask such young heart people. I do not mean to deny our physical aging though, the sentence sounds nice. People enjoying their work are shining. I feel that Emma Bennison is one of them, young people. 
Emma Bennison steps down Accessible Arts Australia Chief Executive Officer and will move on to lead Blind Citizens Australia, the national consumer organisation of Australians who are blind or vision-impaired. She was the first AAA CEO with disability since 2012. Thank you very much, Emma, for your wonderful work in the arts, disability and cultural sectors. I'd express a deep gratitude for Emma's genuine empathy and huge efforts on behalf of artists with disability. She's kind and brave that she even disclosed a private life as an example in conferences to talk of the quest of equality and human rights. It was lovely to make friends with world leading peak bodies through her in Arts Activated Conference 2016 held by Accessible Arts NSW. 
Also, her attitude has become my role model. Not only being staying passively in a peak body, but also, taking initiatives in society is the beauty of a participant.  
I'll take initiatives and want to pay back what I've received from AAA and Emma to society. 
Emma, please keep up your wonderful work. I'll do my best in my own way. I wish her success, joy and a bright future. 

"How young am I?" I ask myself. I enjoy my work (*oh, I love it absolutely!!) and hope myself to keep a fresh eye to see the world like a child. 
Forever young Friends, Happy Painting! Enjoy dream and life! 


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8 comments:

  1. When asked by my great-grandchildren what it's like to be old, I reply, "Well, I don't know yet. I haven't been old before, but I'll let you know when I've tried it out for a while."

    My philosophy is that everyone is getting old at the same speed, it's simply that some had the good fortune to start before others. Let's not forget that the goal is to get old - the alternative is somewhat less attractive

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    1. Thank you very much, John, for a very wise and thoughtful answer. Your great grandkids are lucky to have you. Aging is not a bad thing, but the problem is society and our value system does not appreciate aging. Once, also I asked a physics teacher, "What is time?" His answers were very vague and I'm still fascinating about it.
      Cheers, wink, wink, Sadami

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  2. As always great post : expressive sketches and thoughtful words :) Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Meera, for your warm support. Through drawing and by drawing, I encounter many interesting people and connect them. It's another big bonus in creative work. Best wishes, Sadami

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  3. Another wonderful post, Sadami :). I so enjoy your child-like wisdom and your reaching out to all people, young and old! Sorry I have not replied to your last email as I was without internet service for over a week and have lost track of things that came in during that time - you know how that goes, having been without your service for a while recently. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Oh, Rhonda, as long as you're fine, I'm happy. Thank you very much for the nice comment. It was you that asked me, "How young are you?" which inspired me. Enjoy your weekend. Cheers, Sadami

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  4. You are right some people are young at heart because of their attitudes and positive outlook on the world around them. I've always thought of you as being young and enthusiastic :)
    Very beautiful expressive portraits and the drawing is amazing!

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    1. Thank you very much, Blaga! So you are!! People say I'm very positive, cheerful and enthusiastic -- it's my most strength and assets. Like you comment, my mentor says I have a children's point of view on the world. I want to keep my assets and share joy in my art work with others. Best wishes, Sadami

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