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Inspired by ” Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha

Allison was entering her third year of high school, the time to decide on a career was edging near. She loved to draw and paint but she feared not having her artwork accepted. Allison followed stories of other artists and was drawn to call herself an artist but art didn’t seem popular in the world today. Will my art be accepted and earn me an income? Is it possible to bring art back into the world? She wondered.

After dwelling in her confusion, Allison approached her grandmother for advice. “Nana, I think I want to become an artist. In the past, people were intrigued by art and some artists became well-known. I’m scared to follow this choice because art doesn’t appear popular anymore. What if I, as an artist, can’t support myself in the future? I must make a decision but how am I to know how it’ll be in the future or if the past will repeat itself?”

Nana smiled softly at Allison. ” The best way for you to know is by following your heart but I must say- Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”