I’ve never considered myself an artist.
Yet, I know the future belongs to them.
I excelled in school. Yet, being good at school is a fine skill if you intend to do school forever. I find myself welcoming this new year by reading a ton of Seth Godin. He has taught me two things about what should be taught in school:
1. Solve interesting problems
It’s obvious to me now that “the future belongs to the chefs, not to the cooks.” This idea of following a manual and punching a clock is relatively new (not even a century) and it is not part of our nature. It’s also very apparent to me that it is a part of our evolution we may want to forget.
“Do not internalize the industrial model. You are not one of the myriad of interchangeable pieces, but a unique human being, and if you’ve got something to say, say it, and think well of yourself while you’re learning to say it better.” (David Mamet)
Did I take a job out of fear that I couldn’t make it as a writer? Possibly.
At the time, I felt that I was taking responsibility financially.
More importantly, do I keep this job out of fear I won’t make it as a writer? Absolutely.
It’s so much easier to follow directions on a map rather than making your own. If I follow someone else’s map to a T and get lost, it’s not necessarily my fault. If I make my own map and get lost.. the fear.. it’s immense.
Art takes time and art is unpredictable. Art also involves a great amount of emotional labor where you take risks and extend large pieces of yourself. But what really attracts me back to art is this: Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another. Am I creating art in my current job or situation?
My partner and I often chat about purposeful work, purposeful traveling, purposeful writing. We need to start talking about purposeful art.
It’s hard to believe that writers have spent years building novels but pull the plug prior to publishing.. out of fear, fear of being laughed at. But the reality is, our economy is no longer rewarding those who work for a paycheck, and punch a clock (out of fear). Factory jobs produce, however once the work is able to be quantified, it loses its worth. The future belongs to the artists, (no matter where they are) the designers, writers, creators, and chefs.
I’ve never considered myself an artist or a poet
I’ve listened too much to high society, I’ve let creativity wash out beneath me
2014 is a year of taking back art
I am an artist
My goal is to share my soul, not to give it up
My goal is to create change by extending myself
I no longer care if I’m laughed at
The future belongs to the artists
Photo by Photographer Henry King, Society of Artists’ Selection Committee, Sydney, 1907 (I’d love to be hanging with those guys)