For the artist, training our eyes to see and embody each of the simple moments is the aim of the creative life.
But you’re a dreamer, you were born with the universe expressing itself in your mind, and now….now you want the universe at your fingertips.
You keep asking if the work was good enough. Did it serve its aim? Did it even have an aim?
10,000 hours for what? Only to be drowned by excessive conversation time and time again? Only to feel less relevant than the twice-told joke three tables down? Only to be constantly dealt with as an outsider in “the band?” Only to be found indispensable at the highest branches of power? Only to find the art failing to connect with people?
The reality is even things that you love, that you’re hungry for and passionate about, will occasionally be things you don’t want to do. Work is work. That’s why we don’t call it Big Happy Fun Time.
Please don’t give into mediocrity. Paint, dance, sing, write, take pictures, follow your passions, LIVE LIFE!
Artists are frequently told to think outside the box, be creative or seek originality. These are not entirely incorrect but they neglect a key point- nothing is original.
What’s your plan B?
If you are the unlucky parent of a child with a spirit larger than life, here’s my two cents: stop crushing your child’s dreams.
Art is made by humans, telling stories about humans for other humans to savour its meanings and messages.