The “It’s Okay” collection is coming this week!
This is Pico the Toucan. Pico doesn’t think like other birds, and that’s okay. He asks a lot of questions, like “why are things done the way they are?” Pico says “it’s okay to challenge the status quo.”
Pico is inspired by a bird from a recent film, and the message of that film is “your worth isn’t defined by what you do, but by who you are.” It took someone really special to stand up and say “the pressure we put on ourselves to be perfect all the time is wrong. We need to change the story.” I’ve lived a lot of my life feeling that I was only valued by others when I was achieving things. I might never have changed if someone hadn’t stopped me and said “why do you think that?” Now I can see that lots of people love me just because I’m me, and that’s okay.
Challenging the status quo is really important, because if we never question why we think the way we do, or how we do things, we’re going to miss a lot of wonderful discoveries and all the amazing new stories that are just waiting for us to write them.
Pico’s challenge to you is “where in your life are you giving yourself a hard time because someone says you’re not enough? What status quo is waiting for you to say I’m not going to take this anymore?“
Pico is painted in acrylic and wax pastels on a book page collaged canvas. He measures 30 x 23 x 1.8 cm, and there will be two sizes of prints, as well as greetings cards.
You can hear me talking about Pico here: