There is an industry based around how you’re supposed to do it
I’m hanging out with a friend who drives this wonderfully junky car.
Of course it’s got a name, and it should.
This person, I think, is maybe a little embarrassed by the car.
I guess I’m not sure but there’s usually some tone approaching apology about the car from them. Mostly, they don’t care that much.
Here’s the thing though, they live a life that most of us would like to be living.
They’re free to create, and they do. They’re surrounded by their fun choices, their works of art – which are many and in many forms. They live a rich life with many well developed relationships. They walk around town saying hi to people and engaging with people and laughing and having a good time. They’re not playing the game that often starts early in life with a car payment and keeping up with what others have.
Would they like to have a new car? Sure they would.
Would they be this way if they had money and were busy keeping up with the Joneses?
Maybe a little but almost certainly they would not be as engaged in the benefits of care-free living if they had increasingly more to lose. The pressure to keep it can often outweigh the acceptance of their current level.
We’ve all got some struggles, but I’ll take their happier life and a crappy car.
One day you can upgrade to a better car.
Finding the way to make that metaphorical, to be living the concept, is the pursuit.
How far along in life are we gonna get before we realize that a certain behavior is too deep seeded to change now?
How far along in life are we gonna get before we put the priority on the things that really matter?
It’s always such a contradiction that what we seek isn’t best for us to actually reach.
It’s the process that makes us.
Always having something to reach for, to better ourselves, is the value.
Reaching goals means you get to set new ones.
Should we keep fixing up this junker?
We’re all broken to some degree.
Even a new car has flaws.
19xx – 20xx
Your headstone will have the info on your entire life
Art has become a polarizing word.It’s misunderstood because
people are misunderstood.
Every artist gets the seed but fewer follow it to completion.
Go through the creating and let it be what it is at that time.
It won’t be understood by everyone.
It’s not the same thing spit out over and over.
We have to dig in to find out about it – about us.
Art is misunderstood because it speaks to it’s uniqueness.
It’s hard to make something new.
It’s also hard to be you.
You are unlike anyone else.
Putting yourself into a piece ensures it’s uniqueness.
Finding the personality in others’ work
makes it different than any others like it.
Getting comfortable with that
is getting comfortable with yourself.
It’s all a working process.
Art is your life.
Stop trying to reach that goal
So it goes that if there is no perfect that we can make,
then the next step that we can achieve is art.
It’s uniquely human.
Art means being able to think for yourself,
to be as good as you can until you say you’re done.
It means to do things in your own way.
We get the rules preached so often.
From early childhood, all through school,
and through our work life.
“Here’s what you do” is the rule.
The counterpoint is that you must have rules for
the mainstream to follow to make the baseline work.
Fine, got it.
Once that is established,
and you can deliver the expected results,
then dare to be yourself.
Be better than the rule.
Question. Redefine. Have fun by creating.
Don’t concern yourself with perfect.
Concern yourself with creativity and productiveness and relationships.
Those are attainable, pliable and ever evolving.
They are endless to the point that they outlive you.
It’s more fun to work on being you than it is
to work on someone else’s idea of you.
Don’t be bound by perfect, there is no perfect.
Have you just started?
Maybe you’re not inspired
or just not done yet.
How do you know when it’s done?
ART IS NEVER REALLY DONE
It lives on in new ways each time someone has an experience with it.
When someone hears your song, it has meaning to them.
Different than the creator’s.
When is the creator finished?
When you’re ready to let it go and move on to the next piece.
How do you let it go?
Art, like love, is not a possession.
It’s not really yours, it more came through you.
And it must be let go of to let others interact with it.
My best creations I don’t feel I can take ultimate credit for.
They were instantly and always bigger than me.
Going Through The Stages
Then let it go.
You’ve done your work and it is as it was meant to be.
You could refine forever but that would reduce the ability
for interpretation by the viewer.
It needs to be open for them to add to their life.
It’s why artwork hangs on a wall, or a song stays with you forever –
because it means something to you.
You brought your perspective to it.
We all see it through our own window.
It’s nice to be able to see someone else’s art for what it is to them,
but art works because we change it’s impression to our own.
See if you can find the art in your day where you didn’t before.
One community views artists as lazy.Another community views businessas corrupt or somehow dirty.
I was called out for doing something in my work day that was uniquely me.It was how I write emails to business associates.
I communicate like I am talking to them personally.