My name is Vija, and I am a (bit of) a control freak.
(I think this is where you all chorus “Hi, Vija.”)
Now I’m supposed to say something like “I wasn’t always this way…” – but, let’s face it, I was. I was kind of a bossypants as a little girl (thank you, Tina Fey, for labeling that so spot on for the rest of us), and then I had a shy period (but my inner control freak reigned supreme), and then I pretty much kept it up on into college. That’s why this post recently featured on WordPress – “The Crayon Fascist” – entertained me to no end. You should read it, I dare you not to laugh (and/or relate deeply!)
The good news is that I would say I have learned to let go more and more as I get older. I credit this not just to acquired “wisdom” as I age, but more to the experience of studying and living overseas, where you learn quite quickly that you can’t plan everything. And that it’s a lot more fun not to sometimes. As with my art, I try to think of my life is a work in progress…and I am trying to focus on the process rather than the product. Less control, less perfectionism…go!
P.S. Allowing an artist to tattoo a fairly large piece on my body recently also tested my inner control freak. It’s kind of like a giant trust fall with lifelong implications! ; )