..is to not try. It does not matter if I am successful or unsuccessful in any attempt to navigate some course of action. Not being successful does not mean I have failed or that I am a failure, it simply means, I was not successful at that particular time.
The important thing for me to remember is to not let being unsuccessful for a moment lead to true failure... loss of hope, loss of emotional feelings or a diminished capacity to care. These things are what lead to real failure... giving up and no longer trying.
I know despair and depression are the weapons my mind uses to immobilize me and keep me from trying again. Learning to take the next step, just to keep moving is the only way to succeed. Pausing only long enough to gather my bearings and renew my strength. As long as I put one foot in front of the other I can consider myself successful.
So many people seem to feel their day is incomplete without verification from numerous sources of how bad things are. People make themselves feel so hopeless and give up their dreams with the excuse that the world is just to bad for them to try. But worse than that, this type of behavior leads people to do everything they can to make others feel hopeless.
Artistic creators are some of the people hit hard by well meaning family, friends, and even barely known acquaintances. People who seem to feel that it is their duty to make these dreamers face reality, and educate these delusional lazy layabouts who just want to hole up in their studios and hide from the world.
Here is some proof that even artists are aware of how bad off the world really is. Here is proof that artists are in a unique position to present those facts. Most importantly, here is proof you can live an artistic life and not sub-come to the depressed apathy of the job, couch and the nightly news, bed, and repeat, dead end cycle so many immerse themselves in.
Terrifying Photos of People Lying in 7 Days Worth Of Their Garbage
The Fiction of Aftermath: Public Art, Public Imagination and the Aesthetics of Anthropogenic Crisis
Art for Social Change
Want more, there is plenty? Try these two sample search terms in Google image search... “trash art” and “social art”
So, as a creative, what really makes you angry about the world?