The “earth” without “art” is just “eh.”
Perhaps you have heard that before.
Let me put it another way for you though:
The earth without your art is just “eh.”
It’s missing something. It’s missing something only you can bring.
Art is not just what most people typically think of as “art.” It’s not just paintings, sculptures, music, and poetry.
Art is leading well. It’s parenting well. It’s in discovery, invention, and anytime pen hits paper (or fingers hit keyboards). Every email you send has the potential to be art. Every word you speak, every idea you think up in the shower, and every time you welcome your spouse or children home has the potential to be a work of art.
We are all artists now.
That is the declaration Seth Godin makes in the opening of his new book, The Icarus Deception.
Your comfort zone says otherwise. Your comfort zone says:
“School taught me to keep my head down, raise my hand to speak, get a good job with health insurance and maybe, just maybe my 401(k) will allow me one day to make art.”
That is the lie of your comfort zone. Your comfort zone is the devil on your shoulder telling you that you can never truly be an artist. It tells you that your work doesn’t matter and that the art that is clamoring to leap out of you will always be restrained by societal pressures, bills to pay, and the ringing words of all those who have laughed at the dreamers.
If you are reading this post and haven’t awakened to the reality that our economy is drastically different than it was twenty years ago, I need to tell you something:
Our economy is drastically different than it was ten years ago. It’s probably going to be different in three years…or thirty minutes.