It’s funny how the life of an artist is romanticized in popular culture. How many times have you heard someone say they want to move to the South of France, live in a château, and make paintings all day while drinking all day?
If only life were that easy.
Here’s the truth though: when it comes to making art, the struggle is real. Any artist will tell you that the process is grueling. When you watch an incredible movie, or look at a breathtaking photograph or painting, or read a poignant piece of writing, you’re looking at the results, not the process. The results don’t even tell you half the story.
Somewhere in the world right now, somebody is working on their craft. Maybe they’re creating a painting masterpiece, or developing software that will revolutionize how we do business. Whatever it is, they’re destined for greatness, but nobody knows it yet.
As an artist (and we’re all artists), it’s the moments out of the limelight that matter the most. All of the early mornings and late nights, all of the times you felt like giving up, it’s all worth it because you know you’re working towards something amazing.
We’ve been conditioned since childhood to value working over playing.
Remember when we were in school and had classes all day? Somewhere in between we’d get a short lunch break and then have to head to another round of classes. Adult life is eerily similar: arrive at work, attend a round of meetings, get a short lunch break halfway through the day, then head off to some more meetings before leaving.