Nice to Meet You
For the people who don’t know me: Hey, hey! I’m Rali, 19 years old and one year ago I retired from playing tennis professionally after 11 years of practicing and decided to “find” myself again. It sounds adventurous. But I didn’t know that it would be hard. Starting over again and restarting your life as a new person is not so easy thing to do since I’ve already had something on the background. Also getting out of your comfort zone is not as easy as it seems when you say it. I am originally from Bulgaria. That’s Eastern Europe, the Balkans and I moved to the U.S. a year ago. So now I live in Florida, more specifically-Miami.
SO! How I started drawing? I’ve always loved to draw and paint. I remember having a lot of coloring books when I was little and a couple times I drew on the walls at home (raise your hands everybody, haha). Drawing has always been an activity that calms my mind. So when I stopped playing tennis I had a period where I was constantly thinking and questioning myself “Was it a good idea, what am I going to do now, where should I start from” and all these questions came at the same time. And I didn’t have an answer for neither one of them, which was kind of overwhelming. So one day I just went out, bought some ink and a sketchbook and I started drawing. I forgot how anti-stressful was to draw while you’re listening to music and since then painting become my answer and my meditation.
What Inspires Me
Ahh.. I can truly find inspiration in the weirdest places, moments and things that catch my eye. I love nature and all it’s beautiful colors and shapes, any type of color palette, and people who are dedicated to what they do! It makes me want to work even harder. I can literally go to a store and grab something in my cart just because of it’s color or texture. I may not buy it, but I will carry it until 10 minutes before I go out of the store. It’s actually kind of like a strange habit of mine.
This is just the beginning so I hope you guys stick around.
Thank you for reading.