The Art of Persistence
“If you are going through hell,, keep going”– Winston Churchill
It’s a lot of crap. This life in art as fairy dust, days of blissful solitude, the envy of all.
It sucks. A lot of time.
But it’s also the best. A majority of the time.
And the only thing I feel like I’m meant to do. Some mountain climb. Some jump out of planes.
I choose to be an artist, writer, filmmaker. Foolish mortal.
All of the CRAP mentioned above? I’ve lived it. Felt it. Endured it.
I’ve been crippled by criticism. Sent into drunken stupors by rejection. Led into a den of assholes and lived to tell the tale. Turned in lousy uninspired work due to the buckle of pressure.
But even with all of those obstacles, I have been able to do some good work. Work I am proud of.
Like baseball where you are considered successful if you hit the ball 3 times out of 10, so are a lot of things in life. No one knows the dark days. Only the days in the sun.
Is it all behind me? No. I did something last week that scared the crap out of me and pushed my comfort zone to the limit. I almost backed out at the last minute.
If you go through this, know you are not alone. We should have a 12 step program.
“I’m Joe and I’m a creative”. “Hi, Joe”.
“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”
I love a life in art. It’s the roller coaster to the Merry Go Round.