The 7 year old I babysit after I asked her why she wants to be an artist. She was flipping through my sketch book and told be she wanted to be an artist too. I nearly cried. I was rendered speechless; the countless times I’ve been told by strangers that my chosen path was invalid was struck down by the words of this 7 year old. So here, for all you artists who are being, or who have ever been invalidated before. You are brave.