To Anyone Who Doesn't Think Of Themself As A "Real" Artist

To Anyone Who Doesn't Think Of Themself As A "Real" Artist

All your art has to be is yours.

Dear Artist (Yes, you!),

Even though I’ve been making art for my entire life, it took me a long time to start thinking of myself as an artist. I had always thought that, because I never sold my work or got it published or anything like that, that somehow that made me just some fool who messed around with pencils and paint in their spare time. A true artist, to me, was more than someone who just made art as a hobby. Now, however, I have found it in myself to be proud of all my work because I’ve come to learn that there is no such thing as “real” or “fake” art. All your art has to be is yours.

I have been fortunate enough to have art teachers who instilled this in their students. Never did I feel degraded or ignored because I made something that didn’t look exactly like my reference image or the examples the teacher showed from previous classes. Starting from kindergarten, all the way up through middle school and high school, the art room was always my favorite place to be. I have found that artistic people are often very kind, so if you’re looking for input or inspiration, don’t be afraid to ask. My art teachers have become close friends, instilling in me from a very early age that you are never done learning. Even though I have had this for my entire life, it is never too late to take up art and learn how to share your creativity. Art provides a bridge between you and everyone else, giving people a way to understand each other better in a world where that is often difficult.

You might say that you don’t make art simply because you have nothing that inspires you to do so. Inspiration, however, is everywhere. It’s frustrating until you find it, but it’s the best feeling when everything falls into place. Often, you never know where something’s going to end up until you start, so don’t be hesitant if you don’t have a plan. The finished product doesn’t have to rival a Monet or a Picasso to be considered art. We are often shown art that has a very particular style, and we come to expect the same type of thing out of ourselves. But that’s not all there is. All around the world, different cultures have made different art, and each and every piece has its own unique meaning. This will be true for your art as well.

In short, if you want to be an artist, you are. Whether it's drawing, painting, photography, songwriting, makeup, calligraphy, animation or however else you express your creativity, your art is valid. You have unique ideas, so if you want to express them, go ahead! We all have expectations based on what we’ve seen and been shown, but don’t let those stop you. Don’t let the other voices in the world drown yours out. No art is bad art — we all have to grow and learn as we go. As stated by the philosopher Ananda Coomaraswamy, “The artist is not a special kind of person, rather, each person is a special kind of artist.”

Sincerely, A Fellow Artist.

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student’s semester are always crazy hectic. We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best.

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in 2 days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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A Step By Step Of How Your Thanksgiving Will Actually Go

Every year we think it will go differently, and yet...


It's pre-Christmas, and it will be a day of stress, love, and wonderful food.

1. You wake up to the sounds of a parent slamming pots and pans on the counter top


It is time. The day has begun and your mom or dad will start yelling for you any minute.

2. You finally make it downstairs and you're assigned your tasks before family arrives


There will be the "Make this table," or the "Dust the entire house because your cousins are coming and they won't notice but your aunt sure will. Oh, and please stay out of the kitchen." You know, the usual.

3. You try to eat breakfast and lunch but honestly you can not WAIT for dinner tonight and the smells coming from the kitchen are overwhelming


What are we celebrating again? I'm just excited to eat.

4. You rush and make your way to the grocery store at least once (maybe twice) because your parents can't leave the kitchen


"You would think mom wouldn't forget anything for tonight, but I guess it is pretty easy to forget gravy when you're making a million other dishes," you think to yourself as you try to defend the forgetfulness.

5. You spend a few hours feeling bored as you wait for your family members to arrive because you still aren't allowed in the kitchen and you find yourself watching that one "Friends" episode to kill some time. 


Football or "Friends"? Honestly I should ask my mom if she needs more help but I'll just keep watching this.

6. Your family finally arrives 


It is suddenly overwhelmingly loud and you now get to talk about your life for the next few hours. Food cannot come soon enough.

7. Hours and hours seemed to go by but dinner is finally ready


At llllaaaassssstttttttttt, my dinnnnnnneeeeerrrrrrrr will be mmmmiiiinnneeeeeeeeee!

8. You have to sit through and listen to either heated debate or six conversations at once while you eat 


Honestly, I'll just keep quiet and enjoy these mashed potatoes for their deliciousness.

9. You get one look from your mom and suddenly your busting the whole table


But hey, there are worse things in life. For instance, I'm not even toughing that turkey carcass I don't care what my parents say.

10. It's round two. You've been waiting for that pie all day 


There's this cool thing called a dessert stomach where you have more room for dessert than you did five minutes ago. Isn't that great?!?

11. Your family slowly starts to leave, and the food coma starts to settle in 


It's been a great meal, even if there was some arguing. At the end of it all, it's still been a great thanksgiving.

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