To live creatively is a choice. You must make a commitment to your own mind and the possibility that you will not be accepted. You have to let go of satisfying people, often even yourself.
This year has been a year of throwing off the urge to satisfy others' expectations and norms. Even though for most of my life I have been doing or working at doing this (Public school in the 90s - "Be yourself!"), there is a lingering code of "right vs. wrong" that causes tension within my Self. Dealing with this tension is an important thing, but I also see it as a diversion from the living and realizing that is particularly me.-Jessica Olien
Jessica Olien's writing on Slate.com about the acceptance-or-not of the Creatives in our culture is a message that highlights the root of this tension I refer to. Read the article here.
My wish for the world is that we can self-realize. Creative or not, consider who you want to be (I think this comes from knowing who you really are), and be that person. No time to lose. Never too late.
|Self, graphite + colored pencil on paper, 2013|