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“Go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake.” ~Kurt Vonnegut

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Jan 4, 2023·edited Jan 4, 2023Author

This is a quote that makes a lot of sense. The one thing that jumps to mind is the courage it takes to overcome the seeming paradox of doing what one desires, vs. what one presumes is realistic. Those with a strong desire to create follow a different presumption, which is that overcoming that desire is impossible.

A friend of mine, a successful doctor, told me he’d always wanted to be a photographer. When he checked into how much money photographers make, he chose another field. My sense was that he didn’t want to become a photographer. People who take photos for living don’t make choices based on financial concerns. Their “desire” to create leaves them no alternative. I know this on a personal level and from the many artists I’m familiar with.

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