Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.
April 14, 2017
Who on earth would ever think it a good idea to name their child Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de Los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso? Yep, you guessed it, Senor y Senora Picasso the parents of Pablo Picasso the famous 20-century painter, sculptor, poet, and director. Oh, by the way, if I get any of these facts incorrect please send your comments to whoever runs Wikipedia because I took most of my research from them.
As I was reading about our would be young protege, artist, sculptor, a kid I would have been insanely jealous of, I realized that, although Pablo’s father was an artist and he helped Pablo become an artist in the first place, Pablo did one thing to the exclusion of almost everything else. He practiced his craft. His single focus was that of working his craft.
Pablo did not limit himself, did not attempt to be anything other than the artist he felt himself to be, he did not allow himself to be painted into an artistic corner, not even by his artist father. Yes, I did intend that little “paint himself into a corner” pun thank you very mucho.
Pablo changed the artistic world of the 20th century and his influence has reached into artistic minds the world over. People pay enormous sums for his work, museums display his work, high school students make paper cows with Picasso artwork adorning the body of their handmade sacred cow paying homage to their beloved Picasso.
I don’t know if any of us will reach the genius of Pablo Picasso, the notoriety of Picasso the man, or Picasso the works, but I have to ask these questions?
What are we dedicating our lives to? Whose life will we have impacted through our dedicated efforts? Forget multi-tasking and focus on one thing. We can’t be everything to everyone, not even to ourselves. Find your passion, and find your future. Work it to the bone and be proud of what you do. Do it to the detriment of all other pursuits and you will impact the world that you reach. Who knows, maybe someday someone who’s passion is writing about topics that help people be the best that they can be will be blaming Wikipedia about everything they wrote about you.
More from Pablo Picasso:
“Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.”
“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”