Make Good Art

“Sometimes life is hard. Things go wrong — and in life, and in love, and in business, and in friendship, and in health, and in all the other ways in which life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art. 

I’m serious.

Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art.

Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor? Make good art.

IRS on your trail? Make good art.

Cat exploded? Make good art.

Someone on the internet thinks what you’re doing is stupid, or evil, or it’s all been done before? Make good art.

Probably things will work out somehow, eventually time will take the sting away, and that doesn’t even matter.

Do what only you can do best–

Make good art.”

I haven’t read many of Neil Gaiman‘s works and he isn’t listed as an interest of mine on Facebook, but maybe I should acquaint myself. This speech he delivered to the University of the Arts Class of 2012 has really resonated with me.

I’ve listened to it a few times now–the 20 minutes are littered with honest and inspirational gems, and it’s proving to be a great e-motivator on such a rainy day.

But enough of that, go make good art. ♥


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