This is not about them. This is about you.
Sure, your art might help people. It might inspire them. It might lighten up their life a little.
But the real reason you must create is to save yourself.
A certain part of yourself will be okay without it. The part that’s cool with a paycheck every couple weeks and a roof over your head. Some food in your belly and late night television.
But there’s a larger, more vast part of you that’s just not satiated unless it gets out to the world and grabs another’s hand. The part of you that wants to play and laugh and dance and will rebel by toilet papering the neighbor’s house if grounded too long.
“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you don’t bring forth what is within you, what you don’t bring forth will destroy you.”
Gospel of Thomas
If we don’t do this — if we don’t feed this part of ourselves that yearns to express —like a blocked artery, soon, it dies.
The nice thing is, this creator within us is able to be regenerated at will.
If we arouse it — if we bring it forth — it will awake. Like dynamiting an age-old dam, once the river breaks, it floods everything in its path. Decades of dammed up debris and muck might spew out at first. But soon, ancient species are restored, the flora and fauna come back to life, and the river flows again.
Stagnation is death. Movement is life. Get out of the way and let it flow. Else it just might end you.
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