Look! Look At Me!
I know a woman who takes the most amazingly beautiful photographs and posts a lot of them on her personal Facebook page. They are truly of National Geographic quality. Her friends keep encouraging her to enter contests, display her pictures more publicly, or sell them, She politely thanks them for the compliments but as far as I know, makes no effort to capitalize on or publicize her work. The photographs serve no other purpose than she enjoys taking and sharing them with those of us who are lucky enough to be her friends. I consider this an admirable quality, the ability not to shout, “Look! Look at me! See what I can do!” It takes a certain kind of character when what you do is so good, not to flaunt it a little. It reminded me a little of an interesting piece I saw on the internet the other day:
“Unpopular opinion: I don’t think your life has to have a purpose, or you a grand ambition; I think it’s okay to just wander through life finding interesting things until you die.
I think this goes for art too; you can just make the kind of art you find interesting and you don’t have to plan some great arc to your literary career.