Monday, July 18, 2011

Thank you, and keep going.

I've just finished reading a book called Cold Tangerines and one of the last chapters was about the need for art and creating. I just really liked parts of it - good reminders and good encouragement, especially when I don't exactly make the time to be creative these days.

"I know that life is busy and hard, and that there’s crushing pressure to just settle down and get a real job and khaki pants and a haircut. But don’t. Please don’t. Please keep believing that life can be better, brighter, broader, because of the art that you make. Please keep demonstrating the courage that it takes to swim upstream in a world that prefers putting away for retirement to putting pen to paper, that chooses practicality over poetry, that values you more for going to the gym than going to the deepest places in your soul. Please keep making art for people like me, people who need the magic and imagination and honesty of great art to make the day-to-day world a little more bearable...
So to all the secret writers, late-night painters, would- be singers, lapsed and scared artists of every stripe, dig out your paintbrush, or your flute, or your dancing shoes. Pull out your camera or your computer or your pottery wheel. Today, tonight, after the kids are in bed or when your homework is done, or instead of one more video game or magazine, create something, anything. 
Pick up a needle and thread, and stitch together something particular and honest and beautiful, because we need it. I need it. 
Thank you, and keep going. "

If you want to read these quotes in full, the whole chapter is available online. If you want a n inspiring and fairly easy read, I would totally recommend this book. Just keep going!

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