No or hell yeah!

A recent article got me thinking.

As artists, sometimes we wear our “busy-ness” as a badge of honour.

I get it. It’s hard to make ends meet in the arts. We have to work to live. And it can feel discouraging, even disheartening when we’re not.

But I think there’s something else going on here. I think sometimes we wrap our identity as artists up in how busy we are. Like how much we work is what legitimizes us as artists.

But here’s the thing. You and you alone define yourself as an artist. Being an artist is a part of you, intrinsically and unchanging. You have been since you first picked up that paint brush, or stepped out on stage, or picked up that guitar. It frames how you see the world, how you interact with it and how you process what you experience. That doesn’t change no matter how often you work or how much you get paid for it.

So sometimes instead of saying yes to all the projects, maybe it’s ok to wait for the one that makes you say “hell yeah”.

It’s ok to slow down. It’s ok to do something else for a while. It’s ok to take a break.

Because ultimately, taking that time to slow down and refuel is what will make you grounded and energized enough to say “hell yeah” when that project comes along. :)

Here’s the article, if you’re interested:

https://www.thestar.com/life/neil-pasricha/2017/05/08/respond-to-requests-invitations-with-no-or-hell-yeah-pasricha.html