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Looking for your passion? Think back to when you were 10!

Do what you love and love what you do. That is what the Springfield Museums taught me. Thank you.

They say if you want to find your passion–the thing that you truly love, not someone else’s expectation of what you were meant to do–think back to what you loved when you were 10 years old. That is who you really are and what you really love.

My most vivid memory of being 10 years old happened over 40 years ago. My father would bring me every Saturday morning to the Springfield Museums. Down in the basement, I took art classes. I especially remember making a triceratops out of clay and then working with a group of other children to create a huge paper mache brotosaurus. I can still smell that clay and plaster of Paris in that museum basement.

Even at 10 years old, I remember thinking, “always remember this moment; never let this feeling go.” And I didn’t.

Art is still my passion, and those art classes inspired me to become a teacher. I love creating with my students, giving them the opportunity to create on their own, as well as collaboratively.

I still take classes at the Springfield Museums and nothering beats reliving that feeling I had in that basement back in the early 70s.

Do what you love and love what you do. That is what the Springfield Museums taught me. Thank you. –Alison Johnson