First published: June.21.2018
Adam was 18 when his aunt found out that her husband was having an affair with his secretary.
The secretary got pregnant and her husband wanted to marry her. Adam’s aunt tried for years but couldn’t get pregnant. She knew one day her husband would leave her because he wanted his own child.
Adam’s aunt divorced her husband at the age of 46.
To fulfill her loneliness and get rid of the sadness, she started drawing and painting classes to learn what she always said, was her passion.
Her drawings were so embarrassing and if no one knew, they would think a little kindergartner drew them. To Adam, she was a real loser and he was very ashamed of her. Adam thought: “she was 46, she should work harder and think of her retirement, not waste her time on painting and making a fool of herself.”
Adam’s father was one year older than his aunt. Adam’s father never did these crazy silly things; he just worked and worked very hard. He was always very focused.
Years passed and Adam became 40 years old, he was living in another country, educated, and having a good life. One day when Adam called home, his sister picked up the phone. She said Mom went to visit aunt’s painting gallery. Adam’s sister was there staying with Dad.
“Aunt’s gallery?!” Adam asked.
His sister said: “Yes, she’s a famous painter. She had several successful art shows so far and sold many of her paintings. She even teaches drawing and painting.”
Adam remembered the day that he thought his aunt was a loser and his father wasn’t. Now Adam could see how healthy and happy his aunt was and his father with almost the same age is a tired retired man who only solves puzzles, drinks tea, and goes for walks thinking about his old days, but Adam’s aunt built a happy and successful retirement.
Adam’s aunt thought Adam how not to be a loser; to follow his dreams and never be embarrassed about something that you’re passionate about.
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