Monday, April 28, 2014
A friend of mine recently quite her salaried job for a part time position and to pursue her creative passion. She’s a weaver.
She’s going through the usual adjustments. The biggest of which is getting used to the idea that most of her waking hours are not devoted to making money.
It takes a while to get used to the notion that you can spend much less time making money and still keep yourself sheltered, clothed and fed. It is very difficult for most people when they decide their creative life is more important than money to adjust to the idea that the time they devote to their art is every bit as important if not more important than the time they devote to making money. And the completely debilitating idea that your creative work must earn money in order to be justified can completely kill your art.
The world needs creative people to be creative. Art and creativity nourishes the human soul and keeps cultures alive. Artists and creative work are vital to the survival of any society, the preservation of every culture and the existence of human kind.
It is a good thing to be a weaver, a painter, a poet, a musician, a story teller. One can always find a way to make a “living.” But a “living” at the expense of your art is not living at all.
Photo: ©2013 David W. Sumner