I recently enjoyed the opportunity to speak to Hudson Junior High School students about the challenges and rewards of being an artist as part of Career Day. There were 36 presenters and guests from various professions. This is my third year of doing this and as a 1975 graduate of Hudson High School myself, I appreciate being able to spend time demonstrating for the kids what is possible when you set your expectations high, put your mind to accomplishing something you would like to achieve, embrace mistakes and failures and see them as opportunities to learn adjust and improve. The strength to meet future challenges is built upon a record of past successes. My thanks go to Carolyn West, coordinator of the event, for including me.