What patterns or signs are quietly popping up in your everyday life? Do you keep seeing or hearing the same things but haven’t yet connected the significance? Perhaps it’s just coincidence or perhaps it’s a silent message that only you can interpret. Making art helps you to pay closer attention to your surroundings, mining it for inspiration and help discover hidden treasures that might spark an idea.
Jim Carrey in the mini documentary I Needed Color says “Something inside you is always telling a story. I believe every single thing you see and hear is talking to you.” What is your world telling you? What tiny whispers are repeatedly catching your attention? Making art reveals these whispers or patterns in a physical way and allows us to reflect on our world more viscerally. This ultimately creates more meaning for our daily lives as we reflect on what we find interesting and perhaps even meaningful.
Carrey sums it up with “I love being alive and the art is the evidence of that.”
“Your job is not to figure out how it’s going to happen for you, but to open the door in your head and when the doors open in real life, just walk through it. Don’t worry if you miss your cue. There will always be another door opening. They keep opening.” — Jim Carrey
It seems counterintuitive to decide on a career when you leave school given your work/life experience is so minimal. Many factors come into deciding on what pathway to pursuit, a big one being fear. The fear of not succeeding or it being too difficult to get ahead or too intangible to measure future success (the arts being a classic example) drives many to choose a ‘safer’ plan B career. If the thing you really want to do doesn’t work out, you’ve something safe to fall back on is something Jim Carrey’s 2014 MUM graduation speech addresses:
“Fear is going to be a player in your life, but you get to decide how much. You can spend your whole life imagining ghosts, worrying about your pathway to the future, but all there will ever be is what’s happening here, and the decisions we make in this moment, which are based in either love or fear. So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect, so we never dare to ask the universe for it.”
Plan A gets sidelined but plan B isn’t necessarily a ‘safer option,’ as Carrey suggests:
“My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that was possible for him, and so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant, and when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job and our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”
Fear of failure and the unknown stops so many of us from even trying. If you believed the plan B pathway wasn’t actually safe, would you still pursue it?