IT's NEVER TO LATE!
To Follow Your Dreams
Mario Saverino aka MarioSiART
Presently, I am doing just that, following my dream after many times telling myself, “It’s To Late.”
My story started when I finally got my chance to go on my dream vacation to Italy. Something very strange happened inside of me the second I stepped off the airplane and walked to board a water taxi that would take me to the very small islands of Venice. Something exploded inside, it was the light bulb going off in my head so to say. I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life or so it felt to me. My creative juices started brewing inside me and there was no way to stop them. The voices were saying become the artist you know you are meant to be.
At this time in my life I considered myself to be a successful Interior Designer and I was following my passion doing that for many years - little was I to know that my life was going to change in so many ways upon returning to Pasadena, California. Not all for the good and certainly not all bad.
To spare all the details I will jump ahead to where I am today.
Living in Tampa, Florida aka the Sunshine State and working at becoming an artist I want to be and truly am meant to be.
Never in a million years did I think I would be living in Florida or even facing a divorce from a marriage of over 28 years. I never thought I would do anything other then Interior Design. Nor, could I even imagine becoming the artist I dreamed of being. Part of this journey is spiritual growth, another part of this is growing up and to stop looking at life though rose colored glasses and facing the facts. When you give and get nothing in return it can really damage your ego and yourself. But, I can not let that happen to me any longer.
Making the decision to move cross country I knew starting over at a new job or even trying to keep my Interior Design firm going at this stage in my life was not what I wanted. I want my second act to be different. I want something even more fulfilling, something that would feed my soul. I always have to remind myself that; "I alone am responsible for my happiness". This time of introspection is exciting and terrifying all at the same time. Being idle isn’t going to get me anywhere. I had to decide on a new path going forward and this is my new path. Unfortunately I am now understanding the term “Starving Artist”.
Fear can really hold yourself back, but in this case my fear was feeling I am not a good enough artist. I don’t have a direction. I don’t even know what my style is, if I really have to put myself in that box. So I’m not doing that, I am doing what I feel is the "my path" and the best message I want to put out there, in the universe. I have a love for color and a love for travel along with architecture. So why not let that be my focus and my direction.
I’m a bit past the middle of my life and feel like I’ve just am discovering who I am. I was meant to find this path when it was the right time. It was not in my path to become an artist until now. The past few years have been so eye opening and a life changing experience.
Remember, it’s NEVER too late to follow your heart.
I am loving being an artist. I know my work brings joy and it feels great to be a part of something joyful. Every day I spend creating in my tiny little studio in the Sunshine State is a true blessing and a chance for my soul to sing.
We all have a story. We all want to be heard. And I truly believe art can change lives. I know, it is changing mine on a daily bases.