There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. – Ernest Hemingway
It has long been said that the best artists are those who have suffered, or have been unhappy. That these artists produce the best art, whether it be poetry, painting, acting or music. But I wonder do you have to be miserable to produce good art?
There is no doubt that the last few years of my life have been full of pain. And loss and confusion, heartache, depression, anger, and not much joy. And I do think that I have done some of my best writing. As things in life are getting better and more joyful, I wonder will I still have something to write about when I am happy?
Yes, I think I will. At least I hope.
Maybe the reason writing and other art that is produced during painful times is popular is because it shows vulnerability. Tackling universal topics such as heartache and loss, shows the vulnerability in them. People connect and react. Being vulnerable takes a lot of courage. You have to pour your heart out, with purpose, and be willing to write about things that may get you criticized or talked about.
You are supposed to feel confused and lost sometimes in life. That is all part of the journey. It will not all be rainbows and butterflies. You are supposed to feel ad and depressed and go though hard times sometimes. That helps you get to where you are going. It also makes you a deeper finer human being. So don’t run from those hard times. Live through them, get to the other side so you can tell the stories, your stories.
But when things are good, what happens to that vulnerability? It is still there, because creating a life where you are happy takes a lot of hard work, prayer, faith and help of your friends. Putting your dreams, hopes and wishes out there takes courage too.
There are many things that I want for the next year and more moving forward. Publishing my books, praying more, exercising, getting back to being toned and healthy, traveling more are just the beginning. There will be time spent sitting down and planning out the next year and how to accomplish those goals.
And at the center of everything is that I want love to be so present in my life that it is tangible. Also when you are happy you can focus on making art from a different place deep inside.
There is beauty in happiness and joy. There is beauty in the humanity of going through a hard time and coming out of the other side with a deeper appreciation and understanding of life. There is beauty in feeling emotions deeper, from spaces in the heart being carved out by the pain. There is beauty in the Peace left behind. Because life itself is art.
And that is one of the things which I am looking forward to. So, no doubt hard times can produce beautiful things. But, so can happiness and joy. So hold on. This is going to be a fun ride.