It’s a tough world out there.
The world we live in is centered around productivity. Efficiency. It’s need driven. But all of this doesn’t leave much room for the inner artist; feeling, growing, reaching. It takes time to grow, and time is the one thing everyone seems to want and no one seems to have.
Artistry is unique from the perspective that although you finish with a product, while it’s still in creation, it is not a product but a journey. Anything you create is a little bit of you. It’s energy and time and devotion. Still, sometimes the closest people in your life can seem discouraging: They are seeing only the value of the product, and not the journey. It’s a common mistake of an amateur artist, too. That desire to create something that sells. Something to share.
Of course, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t driven by this need myself, but I’ve learned to recognize the journey as the most important step. If it wasn’t for the journey, I wouldn’t be here. I wouldn’t be writing. I would have given up.
Because in the journey, I’ve learned about my values. I’ve learned what things are important to me. I’ve learned to be tenacious, and fight for my dreams. I’ve learned that the happiness I get from writing is far more precious than any sum of money.
So what can you take from this? I’m not trying to rain on anyone’s dreams saying they’ll never be published, or never make it big. Quite the opposite. But in those moments when you have doubts about your dreams, or when people try to squash them down, don’t forget the real reward: The journey of the artist.
Look at yourself in the mirror, and nurture the artist within. Allow them time to grow.