“Why are you wasting all your time doing that blog?”
“Do you think you’ll ever sell any of those short stories?”
“Who’s going to buy any of those silly illustrations you draw?”
“How long have you been working on that damn screenplay?”
People who ask these questions don’t get it and they never will. It’s not about the money. Sure, cash is nice, but you can’t take it with you. I always think about what a rich person probably says on their death bed.
“Damn! I left too much on the table!”
When I exit the planet, my table will have nothing left on it, because every day I pursue one or more creative endeavors passionately. I don’t let bills, work, barking dogs or naysayers to get in my way. When I’m done with this life, my table will be bare. I will have gnawed the varnish off the surface and chewed on the legs. My table will be empty and it will look like shit, but I will die having known I loved every minute of it!
I was recently thinking about the endless pursuit to create, because I’ve encountered some really good writers who have just recently joined BrooWaha. It’s an exciting time for Broo. People like Uttam Gill, Debrah, D. Sager and Bessie Jewel have joined the ranks of BrooWaha and shared some really exceptional articles with us already. As they write more and more, the Broo writing community will continue to offer support and feedback, because that’s what writers covet the most--including exposure, of course.
So, while your so-called friends or family members question your motives, do your art, whatever it is. Are you a sculptor specializing in naked lawn gnomes? Your napkin doodles make marvelous collages? You like taking photos of hummingbirds having sex in mid-air? You host an open mic in your neighborhood; you’re a talking mime; you write extended Haiku—it does not matter. If it makes you happy and fills your soul, do it and tell your detractors to kiss your derriere.
Because unless we create we de-compose and it’s so easy to get caught in the daily maze. Make the necessary time from your crazy schedule and do what floats your boat and you will live much longer. Don’t be that old shriveled man or woman sitting in that hospital bed thinking, “I should have finished that novel. I should have pursued by painting more.” Do it today—even if you can only carve out 30 minutes for it, make the time and set goals.
My message here is create against all odds and damn everyone else. They’re enough of us out there who can support, encourage and provide constructive criticism about your work, so gravitate away from the negativity and live to create for yet another day!