I don’t want to alarm you, but people, all of them- are just fucking crazy. From the Cultist to the guy who wants to escape to the forest and live like a hermit; they are all off in the head. I know this from experience, I am a people and live with people. Most of us are a little off. We have a belief that holds us back or pushes us forward. We all suffer from being raised by other crazy people, which perpetuates the crazy. On that we also pass a bit of the craziness down generation to generation.
Just to be clear, I am not talking about mental illness. I am talking about how we move and interpret the world. We each have a unique way of seeing and doing things. We are all a little crazy. From the cat lady to the entrepreneur, we all have ideas about how the world should work and we live using those thoughts. We all interpret life from a perspective that has been shaped by multiple sources. Our perspective is what we deem to be reality. We have the power to change our perspective, to get new information, to analyze what we think about the world. Mental illness as far as I know is more like your brain turning against itself, which requires professional help.
For us not suffering from mental illness, we can change. We do not have to remain trapped in our perspective. We can take the time to listen, think about what we heard, and then watch to see if it is true. Oh, I forgot the main thing, we have to listen to different voices. We have to think and feel from someone else’s perspective. In that ours grows and changes. But with that change, we slowly get a little closer to reality. At least the reality of what it is like to be human. Our craziness over time comes together to make a harmony. We find people we are in sync with and make music, we make life, we make civilization.
I know in general, we consider art as an industry, as a career choice, as a way to make money. But the truth is Art isn’t a way to make money, it is a way of being human.
We use art as a way to express to each other what we care about, what we experienced, what we think and feel. It is a primal and sophisticated way of communicating. It becomes a signal to others and we build small temporary tribes around art. The music we listen to, the books we read, the movies we like, and the art we hold on to all say something about us. That something signals others and says we share a common understanding, a common feeling, a common experience.
For the artist, making art is a compulsion. There is something inside of us that is drawn to making- to creating- to doing something and we don’t need to get paid to do it. We don’t need to sell for it to be worth doing. We don’t start out thinking about the business of art. We don’t look at it like a widget that we need to find a market for. No, we start out with a desire to create. To express in a medium that is enjoyable to use. We put our ideas and thoughts down in such a way that it is ours, and yet to be shared. We would do this with no compensation. We are artists and that is what we do.
Art in the wider world is extremely valuable and abundant. Because of that it is for some people a career field, it is a way for them to try to do something they like for a living. But for the artist it isn’t a choice to be, it is something we are. We do it because our souls make us do it, it is our very nature. It isn’t a choice amongst many, it is who we are and it can be a hindrance to doing anything else. We are always distracted by wanting to create.
I gotta go.
Most people are good at accepting their limitations. Really, they have been conditioned to give up from childhood on. Now, we are not conditioned to give up on everything. We are pushed to be okay at things everyone is just okay at. If something is hard though, if it is continually hard. They give up and those around them who have seen the effort, acknowledge the effort, and say, “At least you tried.” And with that you are given permission to quit. The reality is that some things are really fucking hard. Some things take years to get just okay at. Some things take a lot of time and the only reward is doing what no one else can. But you do not naturally get good at it when you start.
Some things are just hard to do. World records are set because people have pushed the bar and worked for it. They dedicated themselves to becoming not just good, but great at what they were trying to do.
Before you decide you are not good at something take a look at the dedication needed and realize a year is a very short time compared to ten years. Some things take ten years to master. Be patient and keep working.