“The minerals diamond and graphite have the same chemical composition. They are both crystallized forms of Carbon.
But they have totally different physical capacities:Diamond is the hardest mineral, transparent, with an extremely strong glow. On the other hand, graphite is one of the softest minerals, it is black, dies easily (common pencils) and has the minimum of glow.
These extreme contrasts reflect the difference in crystallization conditions in terms of Pressure and Temperature.”
From the first time I came across this information I read about in a geology book, I gave it a totally metaphorical meaning.
I considered what kind of “pressure” have I suffered in terms of family, work and relationships.
Should I be a diamond by now or just a common pencil?
Life has taught me that the only pressure that is not beatable, is the pressure coming from within.
The pressure we decide to accept and put ourselves into competition in all the phases of our lives.
For many years I have considered huge pressure for my creativity the technocratic environment of my official job.
Long working hours with numbers, lead to a new cycle of pressure for the cancellation of dreams and the inability to make the slightest change in this routine.
Family issues proved I had not the “perfect” family of the commercial. The hunt for the “perfect” relationship with the opposite sex. Every field has caused me a kind of anxiety and consumption of my vital energy.
In this thinking model, when it comes to Art, I accepted the challenge to make a diamond as realistic as possible, no matter difficulty. The “perfect diamond” would represent “my Art” and I made it in pencils and watercolour.
Appreciating art, just for the admiration of the perfect proportions and accurate capture of reality, seems to me like admiring diamonds.
We praise and keep them in safety boxes! Holding them just to look and feel the prettiness.
A pencil (graphite), on the other hand, has the minimum value in money but with it, you can write IDEAS!
You also write love notes, mathematics, you draw faces and compose music.
I had to reach the 4th decade of my life in order to start changing my mindset.
Life convinced me that there is no such thing as “early” or “late” to start with everything you love doing in your life!
There are no “grades” or exams to worry about, you don ‘t even need prospects. You are the only ones that keep counting achievements for yourself.
Adulthood, with any cost, allows you to do whatever you wish!
I do not have to care about creating “diamonds” or “doodles”! Any creative passion has to find the way to come out without reasoning.
When I finished my “perfect to be” diamond, a shameless pencil came to my side and wanted to “spice up” things a little.
It started drawing a moustache over it!
It was making fun of my diamond and the result was far more surprising and lovable.
My diamond now had a friend who really knew how to have fun!
Pressure is not a wish by no one, but when I cannot avoid it, I intend to hug it with interest and concern.
I intend to draw a moustache on its face
Expand my thinking and try to see what is our mutual good!
And then I want to transform it into a passion for life, as seeking the peace in my heart.
That is for me the most precious diamond.
When you do find your place of PEACE in your heart, take a pencil and draw a map for yourself so that you won’t miss the way never again!
After all, “diamonds are forever” BUT we are not…