“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something“ – Kurt Vonnegut
How do you save a life?
Ever thought about it? Ever wanted to? What kind of actions or words saves someone from peril? From themselves? From a cruel fate?
What gives people hope?
What nurtures dreams?
What keeps them fighting even when the odds are stacked against them?
Well, I’d say it’s art. It’s the art we create, the art we share with others. I’d say that art enriches our experience of reality. Yes, it can also offer an escape, but it can also make us appreciate what we already have.
Reading fiction develops empathy.
Art as a therapy has and continues to be used.
Listening to music is the only activity that engages the entire brain.
If you ever observed people carelessly dancing to a song, feeling free like never before, then you know that’s magic. Or close to it.
Art is something we need. Art is what makes us human.
So, if you want to be a artist, be one. Become one. Work for it, day and night, because it is worth it.
It’s not about fame or glory, not about money. It’s about doing what you love until they plant you the ground. It’s about offering the world a glimpse into the most hidden drawers of your soul, and changing the universe in the process.
Art is magic. I have always known it.
And you can only become an artist if you are aware of this.