Awakening your inner artist

It's Not All 'Artsy Fartsy'

When you hear the word 'Artist' what do you think of? Probably something along the lines of someone who is creative, eccentric, spends most of their time being unemployed, wonderfully free etc.

The reality of the situation is that we were all artists (or still are) at one time in our life or another. Think back to when you were a kid, wasn't everything wonderfully simple and hopeful? Your imaginations ran wild and free with creativity, and you were simply bursting at the seams with positivity and life. So what happened?

Sadly, somewhere along the way most of us lost our ceaseless joy for life and we barely even realized it. We became complacent, unfulfilled and stressed out to what life presents us.

Now what if it were possible to awaken that inner artist again and create a life that is filled with possibility and fulfillment? Let's explore how to take control of your life and find that ceaseless joy we once all had and loved.

What it Means to be an Artist

In order to get a clearer picture we must define what being an artist means. The definition is meant to be broad as to dispel the limited stereotypes.

An artist:

  • Breathes life into their dreams to become reality
  • Is willing to sacrifice the illusion of certainty that most of us crave whilst embracing uncertainty
  • Has the freedom and fierceness to create whatever desire they have in their heart and mind.
  • Is well attuned to the beauty of life. Beauty has many guises, whether it's a piece of art, a sunrise or pouring their heart and soul into creating a business, an artists recognizes what true beauty is.

Without further ado let's look at what it takes to become a true artist of life.

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Quit Your Job...Seriously

If you're miserable stuck in a dead end job then quit! Simple as that. Job security is merely an illusion that society perpetuates to subdue the population. Events such as the 'Global Financial Crisis' of 07-08 exemplifies that there is no such thing as job security. So if there is no such thing as job security then you might as well do something you love.

I must stress this point because too often people treat their jobs as their crux or security blanket in their life. They believe it is the one thing that is "certain" in their life, so they think.

So if you hate your job then would that be equivalent to saying you hate yourself? Similarly, if you lose your job does that mean you will lose your sense of self-identity?

Yes and No. You are not your job. No one is born an accountant, a doctor or unemployed. You are however born with a set of tendencies or gifts that make you predisposed to certain type of jobs. These are your passions! These are the true cruxes of your identity and give you a strong sense of purpose.

If you're perfectly content working in a minute cubicle for the rest of your life then by all means, however if you are miserable then quitting your job and finding something you love might be a more appealing option.

I'm aware that some of you may think quitting your job is ludicrous especially when there are mouths to feed and bills to pay, however let me assure you that doing something that makes you miserable for a life-time is just as ludicrous. Let's explore this further on.

Quit your job and do what you love. Simple but not easy.

What are you Willing to Die for?

I mean this figuratively of course. So once you quit your job it's a matter of finding out what your passions are. For some people they already know what their passions are but are inhibited from pursuing them, for some they might think they have don't have any passions.

Discovering our passions is a matter of asking yourself the right questions or doing some soul searching. Before I elaborate, let's look at what passion actually means.

The word passion comes from the Latin word "passio" which means to endure and suffer. Sounds almost masochistic from one angle. Despite this, it's can be defined as the necessary pain and suffering we are willing to endure for true happiness and fulfillment.

We live in a paradigm where society prescribes material wealth, status, power, money and so forth as sources of happiness and fulfillment. Take a good look at our societies today and you will see that those who are pursuing these ambitions are actually more miserable and enslaved than ever. They are stressed out, disillusioned, and trapped by the very fortunes that create their misfortunes and pull them further away from happiness and fulfillment. They are suffering for the wrong reasons.

It's our passions that sets us free from the shackles of enslavement and moves us towards happiness and fulfillment. So the question is, "what are you willing to do die for?" (figuratively). Chances are, if you are not willing to suffer willingly for your job then it's not a passion. On the other hand, if you are willing to shed blood, sweat and tears and still love what you then you're on the right track.

Here are some other useful questions to truly ask yourself to help you find your passion(s):

  • What are the things you love doing that makes you forget to eat, lose sleep yet gives you boundless energy?
  • What would you do if money weren't a problem?
  • If you only a year left to live, what would you do and how would you want to be remembered?

Ask yourself questions that will help you discover your true inner artist.

Building Foundations

For most people, building a life around their passions is simply not feasible let alone realistic with their current constraints and obligations. I am going to be controversial and say that there is always a way (99.9% of the time), it just involves creative thinking, sacrifices and a lot of hard work. If life was that easy then the world would be a very different place wouldn't it!

The first step to building a life around your passions is to build a foundation. Imagine if your passions were a fruit tree, then your foundations would be the soil that supports the life of your passions. Without the soil the tree would wither and die, or simply not grow at all.

A foundation can be anything that enables you to pursue your passions. Whether it is a passive income source that alleviates financial pressure, a network of friends/family that provides support, or access to useful networks, a foundation allows you to nurture your passions despite the challenges that hinder its growth.

The beginning is usually the most challenging aspect for anyone pursuing their passions. It's about gradually implementing small changes to your life that allows you to build this vital foundation. For example, if you were an aspiring writer, it could involve writing articles on the weekends or free time to gain some passive income. Eventually, you might generate enough income to support yourself and others to do it full-time.

Set a foundation that will gradually grow and support your passions.

In the next part of 'Awakening Your Inner Artist: Setting Yourself Free and Following Your Passions - Part 2' we will look at ways on how to grow and nurture these passions to become a sustainable and enriching part of your life.