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Feel the music!

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Sing!

Create some beauty!

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Break free!

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The one place you can do all that is in your art. Find an art that sets you free to channel your joy. You have come to give a gift. OK, maybe your gift is not joy, but if you are giving your essence, giving it will feel delicious.

Writers love their craft. They love words and putting them into a construct only they can create. Painters love their paints, musicians love sound. We are all born with an affinity for communication of some kind.

We start with a craft and gradually find a vision. We find our message.

We will have an abundance of hurdles and impediments on this path. We will be tested.

That’s as it should be. Art doesn’t want dilettantes. We will have to win by devotion and diligence. We have to overcome our fears and distractions. We may have to sweat a bit.

Being an artist is a calling. No one is drafted into that life.

Yet, even as we renounce the safe life, we can begin to locate a source of meaning and aliveness in ourselves. Being alive is not given to those without some daring. We have to dare to live. We have to dare to slip the snares of the world as it exists.

This goes for the calling to be a creator of any art. Writers are no different. They are artists too, but if your art doesn’t make you feel more alive, maybe it’s not meant for you.

Of course it’s hard. Creating something that has exceptional beauty and meaning is difficult on many levels, but that’s to be expected. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.

So, creating art demands rigor, self discipline, deep reflection, a tolerance for failure, persistence, a feeling for tragedy, beauty and overarching values. It’s also a delight, it’s fun, it’s sexy, it’s irreverent, it’s playful. It’s a barrel of monkeys.

If this sounds like you, you might be an artist.

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I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.

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