An artist named Jackie K asked 30 people two simple questions and made little drawings based on their inspiring answers.
In November 2018, she visualized passions and gratitude into miniature drawings “as a friendly reminder of our humanity in spite of the chaos around us”.
Jackie says that initially, the motivation for the project was to develop a habit of allocating a specified amount of time—whether that be ten minutes or an hour—to a hobby, as a nice mental break from working full-time.
“Reaching out to friends, family and strangers was anything but easy for a selective introvert like myself. I had to mute all the little voices squirming around upstairs and overcome my anxiety of negative opinions. I asked thirty people two simple questions:
1. What are your passions?
2. What are you most grateful for?
After about eight responses, I began to see a trend. It’s safe to say that every individual has a unique passion. But when it comes to what they’re grateful for, it’s almost always for people and everything that constitutes life.”
Here are her drawings and the answers that inspired them:
“This hand is an incredibly gifted writer and passionate surfer. One of a kind. I’ve never met anyone like her and I am moved by her devotion to her crafts—serving as a constant reminder to never lose sight of my hobbies in the midst of work life. She’s most grateful for having her independence, riding the waves of nature’s beauty, and caring for her precious cat.” Jackie K
“This hand is the life of every party. His genuine affection for quality time with friends and family is contagious and a joy to witness. I’m always inspired to get out and make a new connection. He’s grateful to be able to “live in a world without having to constantly worry about living.” And is passionate about experiencing life with loved ones. “Snowboard down new mountains, swim in different oceans, raft down a new river, learn about different cultures, play basketball in a new country, find what brings happiness to people.”” Jackie K
“This hand is completely devoted to altruism. An incredible team leader and player, he has restored much of my faith in humanity. His passion in helping people stems from a fruitful realization: “benevolence is contagious.” He’s grateful “to be alive and for everything that entails.” I can’t recall the last time I felt happy because my respiratory system was properly functioning to allow for effortless gas exchange. I take these seemingly little but fundamental things I possess for granted all the time. He has allowed me to reflect on my personal values and cherish the little things while looking at the whole picture we call life.” Jackie K
“This hand is a seeker for self-growth. I truly respect her ambition for gaining insight into new cultures. She’s grateful for the “challenges and harsh realities that life can teach you.” Every mountain that supposedly presents us with adversity can be colored in with a new lesson of virtue. “Growing pains teach you humility, patience and open-mindedness.”” Jackie K
“This hand derives from a curious soul and someone I consider a mentor. A brief conversation with him opened my eyes to his abiding gratitude for family and cultural roots. He’s passionate about learning and growing as a designer whose work emanates “inspiration from the places he’s lived and the people he’s met & worked with.”” Jackie K
“This hand is the reason I wake up every morning, excited to work towards progressing my skill set and becoming a better version of myself than yesterday. Because of the environment, he has cultivated, I am now completely assured of the types of people I want to surround myself with—humane, synergetic, ambitious souls. Like the spirit of a deer, his character is nothing short of kindness. Like the spirit of an eagle, his character manifests the belief in a power greater than himself. Like the spirit of a bear, his character brings healing to those around him.” Jackie K
“This hand is a dreamer who walks the walk. She has fearlessly followed her passions for “bringing visions and ideas into reality” and carved her own space in the physical world. Her gratitude for her parents’ bravery in introducing this golden land of opportunity to their children is overflowing. Because of them, she does not allow boundaries to confine her imagination or diminish her outlook. Shoot for the galaxies. Even if you miss, you’ll create your own stars.” Jackie K
“This hand belongs to the only one who really understands me—we support one another’s passions and aren’t afraid to call each other out when necessary. He’s most grateful for the people he has met. “Life is a journey, that along the way, people will nudge you in different directions. But the ones who matter will always steer you on the right track.”” Jackie K
“This hand belongs to my number one role model. Her curiosity for learning at 92 and indisputable love for God and human interactions are my primary motivators. Whenever I look at her, I see a greater being in care for her hearty, full-fledged wings. She has experienced firsthand so much history—WWII, the Vietnam War, and the Cultural Revolution to name a few. She’s grateful for the circumstances today, in comparison to the unfathomable difficulties she’d faced in her past. She’s living proof that life is a privilege. So every time I catch myself taking it for granted, I look up to her for an awakening.” Jackie K
“This hand brings positivity and humor into my life. I love listening to her talk about her passions for reading and swimming. She feels complete and free of any distractions during the times she’s fully submerged underwater. The focus is brought back to the pure action of traversing through water; the sound of her own heartbeat couldn’t be more translucent. I believe finding an activity where you’re able to devote 100% of your attention and energy to is so important in this day and age. Be present.” Jackie K
“This hand has been my sunlight, water, nutrients and everything and anything vital for growth. She’s most grateful for the role models in her life who have taught her to see with empathy, listen with an open heart and speak with compassion.” Jackie K
“This hand is a multifaceted gem who I have the utmost respect for. A beautifully talented daughter, sister, wife, mom, team player and overall human being. She has been so integral in my career shift and shaping me into the designer I’ve become. She’s grateful for parents who’ve raised her “with a perspective that there are always options; even when things are hard, we are capable of figuring out solutions, and that things will always turn out OKAY, even when they don’t seem like it at the time.”. School and home life have always taught us that we are natural-born problem solvers. And it’s important we don’t lose sight of this fact during our darkest days.” Jackie K
“This hand is a lifelong learner whose curiosity only expands with more knowledge. The more you know, the less you know. He’s passionate about “studying His word and growing in the understanding of His amazing grace towards mankind.” To me personally, this suggests pure forgiveness—an act made possible by building bridges of reconciliation. I’ve always walked away or buried unresolved resentment in the past, but am gradually learning from those around me that the spite will never leave unless I approach it head on with empathy and altruism. “It would seem that a life well lived is a life of thinking about others more than thinking about myself.”” Jackie K
“This hand is just starting her career and figuring it out still. I believe no matter what age, there will always be more stairs to climb, more doors to open, and more information to gain. She’s grateful for her priceless support system and the opportunity to go to school, get an education and find what gets her genuinely excited to make an intentional contribution to the world. With education and support, we can grow in our understanding of and patience for views that differ from our own and learn that it’s perfectly fine to not always see eye to eye on things.” Jackie K
“This hand is fearless, confident and persistent in whatever he sets out to do. His passion for studying consciousness and perception invites a lot of personal reflection for purpose and meaning. He has sculpted his mind into a bullsh*t filtration system that only processes positive energy. When we free ourselves of judgment imposed by other people, we stop validating our self-worth through third parties and start building our own sense of self by our own measures.” Jackie K
“This hand has been by my side through the happiest and darkest of times. For as long as I could remember, I’ve had an identity crisis and never felt comfortable in my own skin. I try so hard to fit in that I lose parts of my integrity piece by piece. With her, I never have to try. She’s slow to judge and quick to love—which explains her passion for helping children with special needs. She has helped me dance through the wilderness and recognize that I don’t have to belong anywhere… so that I can belong everywhere. The dim, dirt path ahead of us seems less eerie when we strip back the facades and enjoy the journey with another.” Jackie K
“This hand is always giving before taking. He’s grateful for his mom who has sacrificed everything to provide a better life for her children. The similarities between humans and animals are breathtaking. After breeding, Giant Pacific octopuses spend the rest of their seven months left of living, protecting their offspring in hidden caves. Love is infinite but, sadly, time isn’t. The arrival of 2019 is a wake-up call for me to openly appreciate my family a lot more. I was raised in unusual family dynamics, but that doesn’t deduct from the fact that there was plenty of affection to go around.” Jackie K
“This hand takes me back to high school, eight years ago. It’s crazy to reflect on how much we have evolved. Our friendship reminds me that remarkable growth and development does not happen in a day. Life’s a marathon, not a sprint. He’s passionate about learning and growing to contribute to something bigger. And he’s jogging through time with the ones he’s most grateful for “family who became friends and friends who became family.”” Jackie K
“This hand exemplifies a certain strength of character and sheer willpower I strive for. Mind over matter. A new member of the Spartan Trifecta Tribe—her stamina to dominate 13+ miles with 40 obstacles all within 5 hours is beyond me. What a true force of nature. She’s grateful for family who has given her this life to chase her passions for fitness and wellness.” Jackie K
“This hand gleams with humanitarianism and purpose. His top three passions are (1) “building innovative things that address genuine issues for people, (2) cars, and (3) working to better the lives and potential for foster youth, so they have the same opportunities afforded other children.” I witness his blood, sweat, and tears in building his business venture—no, his life’s mission. “The outcome of our work here is literally hundreds of millions of dollars going to thousands of charities.” I admire his tenacity and selflessness to see the end of the road..where the future for generations to follow glistens with hope.” Jackie K
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