Happy New Year!
As we step into 2024, I wanted to share some thoughts that have been on my mind – a reflection on the difference between being special and being important.
What I want to convey might shift your perspective a tad, but I want you to know that it's a thought-provoking idea worth considering: you're not special! This implies that you're neither better nor greater than anyone else. Every one of us is indeed, however, important, singular, and unique, much like everyone else. It serves as a reminder that in the expansive tapestry of existence, every thread, every individual (not just humans), holds significance.
The ego, inevitable and intrinsic, serves as our interface with the world. However, it's crucial to recognize that it's not the sole defining aspect of who we are. Our existence as living beings, our humanness, and our connections with others play an equally crucial role. We can utilize our ego not just for self-service but also as a potent tool to establish connections, cultivate empathy, and extend compassion to others.
While a degree of egocentrism is inescapable, understanding it as part of our limited capacities and ongoing learning can be humbling. It becomes a problem when egomania takes over, poisoning our well-being and preventing us from living our truths – truths that are far more intricate than the confines of the ego.
So, as we navigate the artistic path in 2024, let's not be consumed by the need to prove our "coolness." Instead, let's embrace our imperfections, acknowledge our connections, and revel in the endless learning within ourselves and each other. This approach allows us to see the beauty and meaning in the uniqueness of everything without falling into the trap of comparison and judgment.
Being truthful, embracing our uncool truths, and acknowledging our uniqueness is a meaningful way to navigate the world. It's a reminder that we don't need to constantly prove our specialness; instead, we can be authentically and uniquely ourselves. In doing so, we become a source of genuine importance – for ourselves and everyone else.
Here's to a year of embracing our uncoolness, connecting with authenticity, and making a tangible impact on the world through our art.