Change, Love it or Hate it, You Can’t Leave it
Change seems to be my theme this week. And I guess that’s appropriate at this time of year when many of us are embracing the New Year and wishing to move forward in our lives. The creative process requires us to deal with change on a daily basis. However, unfortunately, most of us are resistant to it, in our art practice as well as our personal lives. And there are many of us who dabble in our creative processes and yet never fully own them. I am very familiar with this story because I spent many years of my life pretending I wasn’t an artist. That label artist seems to scare would be artists to death. I know all the distractions, excuses and rocky stones on this path of Resistance. They are old well-loved friends, hard to leave behind.
Here’s a list of a few of the things that might stop you from doing your true work in the world, the work that makes your soul sing, and is not work at all. That will stop you from embracing the change that will be necessary in order for you to do so. The things on this list require us to make changes, and deal with the resistance if we are to overcome its hold on us.
- I’ll do it later – when I have time
- When the kids are going to school – I’ll have time then
- It would be selfish of me to spend that money on art supplies when my partner needs a new widget for his car
- I’ll just do (x) before I look into it
- Who am I kidding – me, a film director, dancer, artist ………. fill in the blank
- I’m too old now
- Everyone else has a head start – they will always be better than me
- It’s just a pipe dream
- I don’t have any talent
You see, we live in a world that preconditions us to fit into the society we are born into. If you think about schools and the things you’re forced to learn even though they may not fit your abilities and personality. We are often brainwashed into accepting a career that we don’t love, and a way of living that doesn’t suit who we are. Not only that, if you are an artist, you are caught up with all the bad press around what it means to be an artist.
I am sure you know how that goes. Artists are weird people, they get into drugs, they are lazy and wild etc. And of course, there is The Starving Artist syndrome that we are all taught, a philosophy of lack and non-abundance.
The idea of their child becoming an artist terrifies many parents.
The thing is you see, that many artists are different, and are not understood by the general run of society. Why is this? It is because artists are agents of Change, and they often put out ideas that society at large is not ready to deal with. They point out things that need changing in the world and they are on what ‘Abraham’ calls, The Leading Edge. This means that their position in society is often not accepted because after all, people don’t want change. And yet in order to function optimally as an artist one has to deal with change on a daily basis in the course of creating an artwork, and making space for art to flourish within their lives.
Is never too late to follow your heart’s desire, but that will require you to make changes!
For more on this topic and a deeper look at our resistance see this post