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Awakening

May 4, 2013

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Art~Life~Balance:

It seems to me that life offers so many distractions from self, I mean do you really know who you are and do you ever get the time to find out. There’s just so much stuff out there that leads and projects us away from self into escapism where we never really have to confront our inner being. Things such as games, films, tv, sport, alcohol, holidays, social media (oops!) eating out, property, cars, work and shopping can fill our lives but what do they really do for you and do you feel any better about yourself or your life through indulging in them, I know when I indulge in excess it leaves me with a somewhat vacuous feeling so I try to find a balance. The reason I mention this is because I always feel subjected to societies pressures and not conforming makes you continually question your values. For years I’ve struggled with the art of polite conversation because I like to feel that I can say what I want and keep it real, away from pretence or insincerity, though this affected me more when I was younger, fortunately now I do now get my share of real interactions which reaffirm my beliefs. It’s a difficult balance and I have often indulged in the ordinary life laid out for us but have never been able to sustain my effort, probably because I can’t help but have outbursts of honesty. Open honesty is something I now see in a few people and it always makes me smile because I can’t help but think they were administered the same truth drug at birth and I know in my own case once I start talking I’m unable to censor my words, which often leaves me muttering afterwards “why the hell did I say that” 😉 In some situations I have become aware that my presence is a threat because I have led such an alternative life and managed to survive with a somewhat different criteria which almost undermines the compromising strategies of their lives. In the arts so many people would love to live the life of an artist but could not bear the struggle and insecurities that the life style brings, which is why they seek a more secure way of making a living and compromise their dream. With me the bottom line is that I’m an artist whatever that brings and whatever pressure bears down on me I will just find some strategy to cope and move on. Eventually you reach a point where success (in the world) has no part to play in your work because your work becomes the culmination of your life endeavour, everything that you fought for and struggled to achieve, the place where in time you stand up proudly for who and what you are. Some people will believe in you and some won’t and that really doesn’t matter but what does is that you’ve been honest and sincere in your commitment and conviction. That you were every bit the artist that you were capable of being, that you fought off the compromise and fulfilled your potential as your gift to the world. Wether you felt life reciprocated your gift or not is a whole different area that has no real bearing on the integrity of art and the sincerity of your expression.

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4 Comments
  1. Nancy Newberg permalink

    🙂 have a great week-end my friend…….Great works above, stay focused stay loyal to what is most important to yourself for your best fortune is the future .

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  2. Love after love

    The time will come
    when, with elation
    you will greet yourself arriving
    at your own door, in your own mirror
    and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

    and say, sit here. Eat.
    You will love again the stranger who was yourself.
    Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
    to itself, to the stranger how has loved you

    all your life, whom you ignored
    for another, who knows you by heart.
    Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

    the photographs, the desperate notes,
    peel your own image from the mirror.
    Sit. Feast on your life.

    Derek Walcott

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  3. Nancy Newberg permalink

    That is lovely Tamsin Haggis, thank-you for shareing 🙂 ♥♥♥

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