Every time we sit down to practice our art, it changes us. It’s been said that we’re not the same person that we were yesterday, nor the person that we will become tomorrow. So every day that we don’t find the time to practice our art is an opportunity wasted. We miss out on what we could have created that day. Maybe it would have sucked, or maybe it would have been the best thing we’ve ever done — the point is that we only get one day to create today’s work.
Then again, this is a lot easier said than done.
Look, I get it. As much as we would all love to live in a supportive creative cocoon free of time and financial obligations, most of us don’t have that luxury. We have jobs, we have families, we have a thousand things to do, and somedays we just feel like crap. We have so much other stuff going on in our lives that it is far too easy to dismiss our creative dreams as “optional”.
The thing we have to remember, however, is that every time we sit down and practice our art we are not only becoming a better artist, but we are also reminding ourselves that art is important to us. We are reminding ourselves that what we do matters, that despite what we may hear from all of the doubters and naysayers around us–writing books, painting pictures, and making music is worthwhile. That something as silly as art and creativity in today’s money-obsessed society still matters.
Vonnegut was right. When we practice our art, we not only become a better artist, but we also help to feed the world’s creative soul.
“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”