My Art — One Thing I Can’t Live Without

Remembering the journey ahead…

What would it be like if you lived each day, each breath, as a work of art in progress? Imagine that you are a Masterpiece unfolding every second of every day, a work of art taking form with every breath — Thomas Crum

As far back as I can remember, I’ve been immersed in the spirit of self inquiry. While I was least captivated by physicality, the philosophical life entranced me. Today I am soaked in my art; passionately entwining the physical, combative aspect & the philosophical aspect. My recent injury has rendered me unable to practice my art (temporarily), reminding me of the importance of the physical. This has thrown me in a silent void so deafening, the screaming pain of the injury itself pales in comparison. So, I daresay that art is the one thing I can’t live without.

The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions that have been concealed by the answers — James Baldwin

Jeet Kune Do is known as the art of expressing oneself. While I can still express myself in other ways, the inability to involve my body makes me feel incomplete. How long must I wait before I can move again, before my body can dance with the abandon that my spirit feels? Without art, I’d be mired in the mundane, concerned only with eking out a living, chasing fame & fortune like everyone else. Would that be enough for me? No, and thus I dare say that art is the one thing I can’t live without.

Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it — Berthold Brecht

My art offers me a blank canvas where I paint, with my opponent adding his/her own magic towards creating yet another masterpiece of mayhem. And at the end, beneath the layers of aggression lies adoration, beneath the rabidness lies respect. No experience comes close to simulating this candid chaos of fighting, save the carnal. To be able to freely indulge with no guilt, no shame, facing my insecurities and fears, waltzing with my wildness and exploring my darkest madness. Aah! what would I be without my art?

Art is meant to disturb, science reassures — Georges Braque

Instead of being an insipid intonation in the infinite echo of existence, I’m singing and dance with elation in every strike for victory, every tear of defeat. Every second of combat reminds me of the fragility of life at one end and the sheer ‘never say die’ resoluteness at the other. With the elements of blood, sweat and tears, the alchemy of my art turns the raw me into shimmering gold! Dare I say then, that art is the one thing I cannot live without?

How we choose what we do, and how we approach it…will determine whether the sum of our days adds up to a formless blur, or to something resembling a work of art — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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