March 2017 – Whichever Path
On facebook, there is a page that I love called Humans of New York. The author of the page post little excerpts from people he/she meet on the street. Many of these are reflections of the lives those people have often causing the reader to do some internal reflection themselves. If you haven’t seen the page I encourage you to have a look.
Recently they posted a reflection from the gentleman below which raised such a great discussion that I figured it would make a great blog post for further discussion.
“It seems that the more I tried to make my life about the pursuit of art, the more money controlled my life: collecting unemployment insurance, the humiliation of borrowing money from friends and family, tossing and turning at night while trying to figure out how to pay the rent. To survive I had to work hard jobs and afterwards I’d feel too tired and too stressed to paint. It’s very hard to create under those circumstances. Creativity is a delicate process. Often times I wonder if I should have just pursued a career for the first half of my life, obtained some degree of financial security, and then transitioned into art.” – Humans of New York
I believe many creative people can identify with this gentleman’s challenges. I can understand this. I always believed that for me ‘personally’, the best path is to make a comfortable income that affords me the ability to do my art without having to rely upon it for sustaining myself. Some say there is true fulfillment in having a dream without being burdened by the necessity to achieve the dream…
Now of course the downside to this is that you don’t get to paint whenever you please. I work full time, usually 5 days a week. Thus I often can’t paint daily as my attention after work is drawn towards the needs of my family. Nevertheless, through their understanding I do find time to paint twice a week at least. I admit though it’s a difficult balance.
Either way the calling of one’s passion is strong, no matter what path you take whether you pursue it full-time or part-time, it’s important not to lose your passion! So if you’re a painter, PAINT! If you’re a singer SING!… Make time for what’s important so that you don’t lose it.