A Thought On Discomfort and Movement
Art can’t be created in comfort.* Art is made in times of strife, of loss, of longing, of pain. Artists are the ones who buck the system, the ones who say that there must be another way beyond the 8-5, beyond the cubicle, beyond what society expects of us. Art is not created by obedient drones. Art is created by misfits who never sit still.
This isn’t to say that you should revel in strife. There are those who love to tell their friends about how much they’ve suffered to get where they are, but I say the more you wallow in your hardship, the more hardship will fall upon you. Don’t wade in your self-pity. Just keep moving. If you’re in a creative swamp, the only way to get out is to move. You might be more comfortable standing in that murky water, but don’t tell me that you can’t get out. It might be a long hard slog to get your boots out of the mud, and your feel will get blisters, and you’ll be tired and thirsty and sore… but you’ll have at least fought your way out of the swamp.
*And after a thoughtful comment from Christina of Sihaya Designs, I think what I really meant is “safety”. Art isn’t ever a safe venture. But I do believe that discomfort and strife make good art, even the art that is rooted in happy times – because how can celebrate our happiness through art without having first traveled through the awful times?