The LIKE button drives me crazy.
It reminds me of back long ago when I was in junior high and one of my friends passed a note to a boy that I liked asking him if he liked me and there were boxes he could check. I NEVER would have been so bold as to write such a note. But my friend did.
The boy checked "no."
Well, of course I got over it. Eventually.
But guys, (and I am speaking mostly to you, former students of mine who read this, but maybe I am speaking to me and other writers as well), do we really need that button on EVERYTHING?
I am going to be bold now and say no. We don't need it. You don't need it.
You don't need anyone to tell you that what you are doing is likable all the time. You don't need someone else to approve your dreams. You don't need the constant approval from others as long as you approve of yourself.
You have to like yourself. You have to believe in you and what you want to accomplish. What you CAN accomplish.
I know many of you are dipping your toes into the social networking world...be careful. An artist takes inspiration wherever he/she finds it, but don't become too needy for the approval of others. I cannot imagine an email from Vincent Van Gogh popping up in my inbox. "Just posted new painting! Click over and LIKE Starry Night!"
I dunno. I mean, Vincent sold only one painting in his lifetime. If he cared too much about pleasing everyone, sure, he could have painted differently and sold more.
And the world would be without some of its most incredible works of art.
Trust the artist/writer/singer/whatever that lives inside of you.
Develop a group of friends/family/professionals that will nourish your soul and your art.
As for the masses with their fingers poised over their LIKE buttons, don't worry so much about them.
Maybe to create we need to go to that place that we can only get to when we journey alone, armed with just our courage and our dreams. The LIKES can't go with you. And the LIKES couldn't help you when you get there anyway. You have to be brave to face your own creativity, to pull from it the bits and pieces of wonder, to hack away at the overgrown vines of what-everyone-else-does-or-thinks, to weave, coil, wrestle, wrangle, those pieces into something the world has never seen before.
Good luck, my friends. Adventure awaits.
|See? This is too much awesome for a LIKE button! Now, if they had a LOVE button......|