If you’re reading this right now here's what I know:
You are meant to be an artist.
I know, life got in the way and you somehow fell off track. But your dream has not yet passed! You don’t have to wait for “someday”. Your time is NOW!
You can be that artist who creates prolific work. Art that changes the world! Art that is stunningly beautiful and turns heads. Art that people talk about. Art that fills your soul with meaning and purpose.
Whether you want to make it your career or your passion, you can be that artist of your dreams. You have it in you. Yes, you’re surely talented but that’s not what’s most important. What’s important is that you are determined. You refuse to give up. If you’ve given up in the past, don’t worry, you can always start again. Now is your time.
You may feel painfully stuck if you have artist block or some sort of resistance to even starting that just won’t go away. And this can feel mysteriously hard to overcome. I know, I’ve been there.
It’s not your fault! It’s hard to stay consistent when society is stacked up against you. Artists don’t get the support they need. And if you have a full-time job or kids or you’re just damn busy, it can feel insurmountable. Despite all your best intentions when it comes time to try and make some art you’re probably too tired and burnt out to do it. So you end up looking at Facebook or watching Netflix instead.
This. Is. Frustrating.
It’s frustrating because you know you have that amazing artist within you just waiting to come out! But it’s like trying to open a door knob with oil on your hands.
Life can feel unfair. Most people think that if they just had more time, more money, a better studio space, better health, etc. then they would overcome artist block and start making art every day.
But you’re probably starting to catch onto the fact that you can’t wait for the stars to align because then you’ll be waiting forever. Prince charming isn’t coming. You’ve just got to take action despite whatever hurdles are in your way.
I’ve listened to hundreds of artists describe what’s holding them back from making their art and everyone has a reason. But few of their reasons are actually real obstacles. They are simply excuses that can be overcome. There is always a path back to making art again.