Wasted on the Young


M.Shap says ”

This piece was inspired while watching my two young kids playing: I found myself feeling totally envious of the bubble of obliviousness they live in. At their ages of 4 and 6, they have no concept of bills that need paying, deadlines that need to be met, political unrest in the country, price hikes caused my wars etc. Their job, right now, is to be a kid. There was once a time, many years ago, when no one expected anything of me other than to be a kid. Watching them, I felt myself wishing I could go back to that time in my life – even for just a day- because I would relish that freedom and give it the gratitude it deserves. “Youth is wasted on the young”, I thought.
But while painting this piece, my thoughts evolved: I seemed to think that the saying of “the youth is wasted on the young” no longer applies to me… but it does: While I do have far more responsibilities and stresses than I did when I was my children’s ages, there will be a time when I’m 80 or 90 years old (Please Gd) and I will look back on life in my 30s when I didn’t need to take a cocktail of tablets just to get my organs to function; That time in my life where I didn’t wake up to a million different aches and pains; Back in my 30s when no one questioned if I was fit to drive etc or if it was safe for me to practice basic independence.
This made me realize how important it is to take the time to appreciate the things that you will most likely lose as you get older. Show gratitude now, so you have fewer regrets as you get older.”

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Weight 6 kg
Dimensions 6 × 100 × 100 cm

Art Print


A1, A2