Passion Is Just a Myth

“Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer.” ― Mark Z. Danielewski

Odds are that during your lonely nights, when you felt heartbroken and tired and defeated, you created this romantic myth of a “soulmate.” Someone you’d be in love forever and ever and ever. Your happily ever after. It seems like an innocent thing. Harmless. But the truth is that no one is ever going to make you feel like your heart is constantly skipping beats. No one is going to take your breath away each and every morning you see their face.

It’s the truth.

Lasting relationships have less to do with being in love, and more to do with respect, with admiration, with being able to overcome obstacles, to accept someone else’s faults, flaws, and shortcomings. Lasting relationships are all about compromises, about being able to defy the urge to jump ship when things get tough, to talk it out, to be honest with yourself and the other person… Continue reading

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Art and obsession

obsession“OK, I got Velazquez portrait of the Pope Innocent X. Quite an ambivalent study of absolute power. And here comes Francis Bacon. Despite never having seen this painting in person, Bacon became so obsessed with it that he compulsively repainted it over and over again, each version more horrific than the previous. […] It’s not until an artist finds his obsession that he can create his most inspired work.”Anamorph

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Beliefs and Dreams

believe“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”Anatole France

I often say that art is a matter of faith. That you have to believe in what you’re doing. You have to believe in the world you’re creating, in yourself, in your capabilities. Leave no room for doubt, petty frustrations, or insecurities.

I also say that it’s all just a matter of hard work. But sometimes you hit a wall. You’ve run out of things to say. You feel void of motivation, inspiration, or courage. What once brought you great pleasure, it’s now a tedious task.

Yes. We need to act upon our dreams, but we must never forget to dream. To hope. To aspire. To believe. Continue reading

So, You Want to be An Artist

“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created somethingKurt Vonnegut

How do you save a life?

Ever thought about it? Ever wanted to? What kind of actions or words saves someone from peril? From themselves? From a cruel fate?

What gives people hope?

What nurtures dreams?

What keeps them fighting even when the odds are stacked against them?

Well, I’d say it’s art. It’s the art we create, the art we share with others. I’d say that art enriches our experience of reality. Yes, it can also offer an escape, but it can also make us appreciate what we already have.

Reading fiction develops empathy.

Art as a therapy has and continues to be used.

Listening to music is the only activity that engages the entire brain.

If you ever observed people carelessly dancing to a song, feeling free like never before, then you know that’s magic. Or close to it.

Art is something we need. Art is what makes us human.

So, if you want to be a artist, be one. Become one. Work for it, day and night, because it is worth it.

It’s not about fame or glory, not about money. It’s about doing what you love until they plant you the ground. It’s about offering the world a glimpse into the most hidden drawers of your soul, and changing the universe in the process.

Art is magic. I have always known it.

And you can only become an artist if you are aware of this.

alter ego

alter ego: 

a second self or different version of oneself, such as
a :a trusted friend
b :the opposite side of a personality –  Clark Kent and his alter ego Superman
c: a fictional character that is the author’s alter ego

Literature is the lie that tells the truth. Or so they say. That’s why sometimes writers choose to use alter egos. Ernest Hemingway wrote the so-called Nick Adams stories, John Updike had Rabbit Angstrom and Henry Bech, Bukowski had Henry Chinaski.

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