My insight arrived during a marathon viewing of So You Think You Can Dance? auditions. Watching these talented young dancers compete for a chance to compete, it struck me how much a dancer must give to be the best of the best. Time. Energy. Heart. Soul. We all know of overnight successes; I don’t know many in the field of dance.
If any artist gave their craft equivalent devotion, how far they’d go!
Most gardeners have lives outside our gardens. And, as I said, these inspiring dancers are young. Like Olympic athletes, they’ve sacrificed much over a short time to reach a goal. I doubt they have kids or mortgages to draw away their time and energy. Many have patrons (AKA parents) as facilitators.
Still, I found my gee-you-get-out-what-you-put-in insight to be strangely liberating. Talent may be elusive. But hard work and persistence are available to all of us. Even more liberating: we gardeners don’t reach our peak in our twenties; we have a lifetime.
So do I think I can garden? Well, yes I think I can – if I’m willing to give it the right amount of time, energy and, dare I say, heart and soul needed to be the gardener I want to be. On the flip side, do I think I can make the garden I want right for the gardener I am? And for the garden I have?
Since declaring my Grand Simplification in October (here and here), I’ve percolated much on this. Anticipating a (shhhhhh!) resolution for 2010, I’m enrolled in Ryerson’s Landscape Design certificate program to help set me on fresh garden paths. Classes start a week from Monday. I hope I pass the audition.