“I’m conducting an informal survey: does it make you kind of uncomfortable when people refer to themselves as an artist?”
I posed this question to a friend the other day.
At the time I was wondering what was so unsettling to me about hearing someone proclaim themselves as a definite something.
The answer is simple and complicated because it’s jealousy, but jealousy on a variety of levels.
On the most basic level, I’m jealous of anyone who can proclaim themselves as something with one hundred percent certainty.
I am certain of things for 90 seconds at a time, which is then immediately followed by weeks of doubt because how much do I really know? That’s where it gets complicated.
There is a lot of good in the uncertainty, though. There’s a lot of good in not knowing but just making a decision.
Austin Kleon wrote a note on “How to Steal Like an Artist” and the most relevant item on the list was this:
So much of success lies in trying, living and learning. I’m learning to embrace that. I love that this means that on some days you could be a ballerina, sailor, chef, artist, writer–anything.