My name is Elsa Mora and my nickname is Elsita. But you can call me either way.
When I was born, the planets were aligned in perfect harmony for me to fail. I was one of eight children that came into this world for no special reason. Neglected from the start, I was a victim of those bad things you hear about in the news.
All I had to do was follow my “destiny” and I would have become the fragile person that I was born to be. All I had to do was be one more lost sheep in my barrio, do what everyone else was doing and react to the terrible things that happened to me in the same way everyone else did. The mystery is that I did just the opposite.
Was I was slightly smarter than my peers? Probably not. Many of my screwed up neighbors and friends were smart, even though some ended up in jail, or even dead. Was it that I was touched by some special light? Not at all. Those stories about “special lights” are made to trick us into believing that good things happen only if something outside of us does the magic.
Then what happened? How did I get out of that black hole where I was born and raised? How did I steer the wheel in the opposite direction? How did I end up being a better version of what I was supposed to be? The answer is only one: Imagination, lots of imagination and creativity.
I was able to imagine a better destiny. I made it happen, day after day, inside my head. I wrote that imagined world down in diaries, I drew it, I painted it, I modeled it in clay and plasticine, I sang it out loud in the bathroom, I day dreamed about it. That imaginary reality became my project, my experiment, my secret love, the only one thing that I could count on because it was all up to me. Everything else failed me but not my imagination.
I became so connected to my fantastic world, so familiar with it, so in love with it that I lost my way back into that other ugly world where I was born. I totally forgot how to get back there. And when I became an adult (and before I was even aware of it) I had moved full-time into that better world, a world that became real before my eyes. One choice at a time, one day at a time, one idea at a time I found my way into a better reality. One morning I opened my eyes and said: I MADE IT! I still say that inside my head once in a while when I wake up.
And after that bumpy ride, here I am, excited to share my passion for art and creativity with you. I believe that life, as well as art, have the potential to become whatever we want it to be. I hope that this blog inspires you to keep moving in the direction of your dreams. Welcome and thanks for your visit!
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