In hopeless romance, I e-mailed my partner this quote more than two years ago: “The artist’s life cannot be otherwise than full of conflicts, for two forces are at war within him—on the one hand, the common longing for happiness, satisfaction and security in life, and on the other a ruthless passion for creation which may go so far as to override every personal desire. There are hardly any exceptions to the rule that a person must pay dearly for the divine gift of creative fire.”
After coming to our first performance of “November 21st” in Washington Square Park last week, she (I suspect out of hopeless romance as well!) returned the quote back to me as a congratulatory gesture. I had completely forgotten that I had ever sent it to her to begin with; it was 2 years ago! But I find it remarkable that the sentiment of a quote I was thinking about 2 years ago quite perfectly encapsulates my intention with The Grace Period Blog and our performance of “November 21st”
Although, upon re-considering it’s fair to say that I have always lived with and through an artistic passion/security conflict. I have made countless sacrifices, some that are nearly impossible to not regret. Yet, I don’t. On the contrary, I will be thankful for the creative fire that keeps me afloat and guides my most important life-decisions. I made peace with myself many many years ago in accepting that this is the only way life will go for me.
I’m thankful for…
My health, my wealth of supportive and love family and friends
Art that reminds you’re alive and powerful
Art that reminds you to not give up
Art that reminds you you’re not alone and that “the fight” is worth it on levels that are inconceivable
OUR Art that made the end of the grace period an empowered day instead of an inundation of fear.
Cheers to the creative fire that we have shared and will propel us forward!
Photos from The Grace Period Blog’s “November 21st” on 11/21/13: