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Persistently Pursuing Your Passion

October 18, 2009

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” – Seneca

Do you ever find yourself paralyzed by the fear of failure?  Have a dream, but feel it’s impossible to make it come true?  We all have moments of self-doubt and anxiety, how do we move past the obstacles that surround us to achieve our goals?  Take a leap of faith in yourself.

This lesson is really brought to bear in an article I read this week from, “Loss of Vision is No Obstacle for Paradise Artist” by Mary Nugent.  81-year-old Alda Wuydts is legally blind and an artist.  Her early love of art has persisted throughout her lifetime, even prevailing over the seemingly insurmountable handicap of macular degeneration– a condition that leads to blindness which Wuydts has dealt with since 1995.  Wuydts can only see “faint shapes and some light.”  She paints from memory and imagination, and uses a Braille ruler as a tool to help her plot the design of her paintings.

Alda Wuydts, Artist  (Photo by Ty Barbour)

Alda Wuydts, Artist (Photo by Ty Barbour)

Has Wuydts triumphed over tragedy?  Some might feel that her work is not as technically accurate or as sophisticated in style as the title “artist” warrants.  Others would call her sheer determination a victory, no matter what she produces.  Alda Wuydts says, “I don’t think there’s anything I haven’t painted that I wanted to paint.  I feel like I’ve painted it all.  I enjoy everything I do.”

Wuydt's Oil Paintings  (Photo by Ty Barbour)

Wuydt's Oil Paintings (Photo by Ty Barbour)

On October 17 and 18, Alda Wuydts is hosting a sale of approximately 50 oil paintings at her home in  Paradise, California.  Wuydts did not consider even the hindrance of losing her vision as too formidable to dare to attempt pursuing her passion.  In fact, the endeavor brings her joy.   A person who excelled despite inconceivable disabilities, Helen Keller,  says it best, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”

*Photos courtesy of Ty Barbour and

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