Let’s go out on a limb here: everyone’s an artist in life. There you go. Crazy assumption, huh? How can that be, though? You have your painters, philosophers, writers, dancers, musicians, sculptors and even architects out there. They’re pretty much artists. They create; they imagine. What they imagine becomes reality. But not everyone can be a painter, philosopher, writer, dancer, musician, sculptor, or architect in the world! So how can one be an artist?
It’s pretty easily, actually. Set aside profession for a moment, and know that when it comes to art at its very raw materials, you’re talking about ‘expression.’ You’re literally taking a piece of yourself and creating something new of it. That can be said about your relationships, your conversations, even your memories. As a parent, you’re essentially an artist; you’ve created a human being, you’re raising a human being, you’re teaching a human being. Moreover, when does one person ever not imagine things? When does one person ever not dream dreams?
This can be summed up as the “artistic lifestyle.” It’s a way of living that promotes idealism, a sense of drive and desire to excel in life past the normal expectations of society. Maybe you like certain hobbies. Trust that all hobbies are a form of expression; and almost always, forms of expression are even a form of self-therapy–such as working out, drawing, even playing games. You’re still an artist!
Amazing, isn’t it? So next time you happen to go see a painting exhibit in the museum, know this: that artist is just like you. Only he/she puts himself/herself on a canvas.