If I asked you the question in the broadest sense “What is your art?” How would you answer?
As for me, I am deeply struggling with answering this question. As Seth Godin points out: “Art is a human act, a generous contribution, something that might not work, and it is intended to change the recipient for the better, often causing a connection to happen.”
So while the answer for you might be painting or playing the piano, for me the answer isn’t “creative art” but something … else.
Godin’s post ends by identifying the most difficult part, which is where I am: “The most difficult part might be in choosing whether you want to make art at all, and committing to what it requires of you.”
I asked this question to several friends and on Reddit. The answers were fascinating:
- Optimism and joy
- Helping others gain knowledge that makes them better at what they do
- Being a storyteller
- Teaching teenagers
- Creator of knowledge
- Seeing the good in people
- Be kinder than necessary
I was blown away that people had ready answers and that they were willing to share. I am spending a lot of time considering my own answer but haven’t hit on it yet. I refuse to believe that I’m not willing to commit to my art, I much prefer to think that I just haven’t found it yet.
What is your art?