I am a painter; amongst various other “artsy” trades. I just have to say how astounded I am by all the people who don’t think twice about the value artists add to every day life. We always have, always will, and will continue to lessen the bore of your everyday. Even if some find it unnecessary, irrelevant, unprofitable, or insignificant and especially something to not get a degree in.
Are they out of their damn minds? What If Leonardo Da Vinci had listened to his grandparents? What if he decided to play it “normal” and “safe” and stopped studying art and invention? What an immense disservice that would have done to humanity. What if Mozart stopped playing music because people thought “it had no future”. What if all your FAVORITE musicians that you listen to on a daily basis would have quit their dreams? Where would you find that same inspiration? That same connection? It takes some serious metaphorical balls to pursue life as an artist. All the “beautiful cultured” towns you want to visit were created by…wait for it…artists. The clothes you are wearing, the decorations in your living space, the movies you “netflix and chill” with…all these things, all these beautiful impacting things, were created by innovators…dreamers..artists..the unconventional and bold mind.
Usually, you’re not even admired or recognized until you’re dead. Well, at least usually for the painters…
So please, think twice before shunning someone (like myself) for dropping out of college to pursue art as a stable income. Don’t get me wrong, I am fantastic in school, all A’s (a few B’s maybe). I only have 7 classes left to graduate if I were to pursue. I refuse. To go back to school for me would be accepting failure. This is not something I am willing to do. Now that I think about it… isn’t it sad that someone can make a living while working a meaningless job and someone who can literally touch people’s souls and grab their hearts can’t make a single penny? It is ridiculous.
I love humans, but sometime it is hard to accept our humanity and overall culture.
However, I am a huge optimist (probably too much for my own good) and I believe that there is a revolution coming. *cough cough thank you millennials.* To all the people that are focused on accumulating experiences, sensations, love, friendships, and insights…I commend you.
I thank you for your existence. A shift has to come…a shift from money to true value. That hundred dollar bill in your pocket won’t matter much when you are in the ground. However, all the lives you touched, all the laughs you shared, and all the life you lived will.
So, in short. If you want to be normal and play is safe… I feel sorry for you. Truly. We should all be encouraging each other to be different and follow our passions and expressions. Do not let your dreams, ideas, expressions, purpose, and creativity die with you. That isn’t fair for them. They wanted to share themselves, freely and boldly with the world, and you just wanted to “blend in”.
Much love xx,