I am so thankful. I won in the lottery of life because I was born in Sweden. It’s a country where virtually everything is good and works satisfactorily. Nevertheless, we are constantly working to find things that are not good and are eagerly discussing how we can make improvements even in these areas.
Sweden is often in the top positions in international rankings. https://www.numbeo.com/quality-of-life/country_result.jsp?country=Sweden
In other words, we are mostly both safe and secure in Sweden. But, in my opinion art and artistic creativity are lower ranked than in many other countries. It is like it is considered a little bit odd and strange, while in many other countries it is central, giving life and meaning to society and development.
That is why it is so refreshing and inspiring to be a member of global networks such as the International Polymer Clay Association, where you can get inspiration and feedback from people from many other countries that have more positive and allowing attitudes to art.