Wednesday, October 15, 2014

it matters

my parking lot portrait

"It matters, art does, so deeply.  It's one of the noblest things, because it can make us better, and one of the scariest things, because it comes from such a deep place inside of us...I know that life is busy and hard, and that there's crushing pressure to just settle down and get a real job and khaki pants and a haircut.  But don't.  Please don't.  Please keep believing that life can be better, brighter, broader, because of the art you make.  Please keep demonstrating the courage that it takes to swim upstream in a world that prefers putting away for retirement to putting pen to paper, that chooses practicality over poetry, that values you more for going to the gym than going to the deepest places in your soul... Do something creative every day, even if you work in a cubicle, even if you have a newborn, even if someone told you a long time ago that you're not an artist, or you can't sing, or you have nothing to say.... So to all the secret writers, late-night painters, would-be singers, lapsed and scared artists of every stripe, dig out your paintbrush, or your flute, or your dancing shoes.  Pull out your camera or your computer or your pottery wheel.  Today, tonight, after the kids are in bed or when your homework is done, or instead of one more video game or magazine, create something, anything.  Pick up a needle and thread, and stitch together something particular and honest and beautiful, because we need it.  I need it.  Thank you, and keep going."  Shauna Niequist

1 comment:

lifeinthevillage said...

(This may pos twice, I seem to be confused, but I thought it was important to be noted.). I think this is a beautiful quote and I love the self-portrait. :). And I am looking forward to more in the future- kind of like the season of trees. Love you much!!