What Is It About Us Artists?
What is it about us artists who still get depressed, even with scads of friends & admirers, exciting accomplishments & experiences under our belt; accolades & awards?
How easy it is for others to look at us with envious eyes, who see only the guise of outward contentment, happiness, success, while we wallow in shame, guilt, confusion, abandonment, insecurity, incompetence, and ineffectiveness — thinking we have no one to turn to, that no one else will ever fully understand our inner turmoil.
What is it about life that is so difficult, that we too often consider a permanent way out of this reality?
What is it about us that we allow our spirits to one moment be so energized and excited, then alternately so crushed and hopeless?
What is it about our upbringing that encourages us to make the best of ourselves academically, socially, professionally, while avoiding emotional support and healthy nurturing?
What is it about modern society that gives us the opportunity — or even pressures us — to broadcast to the world an edited version of ourselves, while our real inner self cries alone, fearful or unable to crack the mask we wear?
How terribly ineffective the highest compliment can be when pitted against a lifetime of self-doubt, self-pity, and lack of self-love, self-worth, & self-trust that is too widely embedded in our psyche.
What are we missing?
We must all remember love, honesty, compassion, communication, and authentic creativity.
We might always be hungry, we may never be satisfied, but our most important cause is to show uncritical, non-judgmental, unfiltered, unafraid, unabashed love and openness to those fellow imperfect beings who surround us, because when one part of our whole suffers, we all suffer.
Tear down the walls of separation and open every window of common light.
We often don’t realize the impact we can have on one another, whether positive or negative. So let’s all strive to keep it positive, and instead of only virtual, inebriated, and mechanical interactions — let’s remember that it’s the real time spent together, having real conversations and real intimacy, that bonds us and heals our deepest wounds.
Recognize that hiding and avoiding our flaws does not make us stronger. Pretending we’re okay when we’re not only hurts us, and those concerned about us.
Being who we exactly are at any given moment is what truly gets a message across.
Competitiveness makes us weak as a unit. Showing our vulnerability makes us human. Studying and questioning the causes of our condition makes us wise scholars.
Fighting separatist norms and creating solutions for the good of all will make us true saviors, saints, leaders, and heroes.
The greater a collective spirit we have in the world, the less pressure on individuals, and the more freedom and strength we’ll all have — to be ourselves, to make waves, to rise above, and help each other up.
We can all be inspirational, and it’s imperative to give each other, and thus ourselves, the breath of life every day.