Change is inevitable.
I had a conversation yesterday with a family member which brought up some vivid memories. Due to life circumstances, the family life I had was different than my siblings. My brother and sister and their spouses all went to the same high school … and I didn’t.
As the youngest of 3, I moved with my parents into the city (Chicago) at the start of my freshman year of high school. Yesterday’s conversation reminded me of how important that change was to my future self. I started high school in a brand new school that was designed to be an arts magnet schools. I wasn’t recruited, but was just lucky enough to live within walking distance of the school, so I was in.
I joined the theater program doing all sorts of back stage jobs. My freshman elective was beginning band. I didn’t know how to play an instrument but quickly took a liking to the clarinet. From there I continued through the remaining 3 years in band classes, marching band, and orchestra (I still have my letterman’s jacket to prove it). And then in my junior year, I enrolled in my favorite class, “Chicago Where its Art.” Talk about mixed media exposure in those last 2 years. Drawing, painting, stained glass, architecture… you name it Mr. Erklin was teaching it to us. Wow!
After high school, I didn’t pursue art in college (except for a couple electives). I chose science as as my curriculum of choice.
And here I am now thinking back to the past, while I try to pursue a dream that maybe I should have started when I was 19. In hindsight, it’s odd the way things happen. I believe, what’s meant to happen all comes around in it’s due time. Had I not had these early opportunities of exposure to art in the Chicago Public School system, I probably wouldn’t be on this journey today.