Just When I Was Starting To Feel Like A Fossil

Getting together with other creatives could be a blessed curse.  On the one hand, they could make your brain blow up with ideas and hopes and dreams.  On the other hand, they can make you second-guess yourself so much that you start believing that you were never an artist to begin with. So have been the ups and downs of my artistic life.  When I had finally accomplished an artistic work, I could very rarely find a friend that wasn’t genuinely encouraging. Instead, out of spite or jealousy or some other selfish motive, they would rip my work to shreds and,even more foolishly, I believed it.
This got old. Fast.
What’s worse, I was beginning to lose faith in my abilities and my brain chimed in spreading falsehoods like, “You’re old. No one wants a relic like you to write the old fashioned way…in…books!!!!”  My resolve was fading.
But then a wonderful thing happened: validation! While browsing the internet for some blogs to follow, I stumbled upon a freelance writer blog which made my day. I keep on fighting who I truly am in an effort to either pretend I’m someone else, or be accepted by some unnamed group.
I AM A WRITER. I am not obsolete or useless or a dime-a-dozen. Those are all lies I tell myself and they have no merit. I’m valuable and interesting and yes, sometimes even funny! What’s more, if I were useless, why do I exist? Oh that’s right…cause I’m… AWESOME! How could I be so ridiculous? Why does anybody need to be reminded of their gifts?
Don’t believe me? Then believe 19th century philosopher, Heiberg in his work On the Significance of Philosophy for the Present Age: “But humanity does have its representatives, those individuals among whom the consciousness of humanity is awakened to a higher clarity, while it remains more or less asleep among the masses.  These representatives we call ‘artists’, ‘poets’, ‘teachers of religion’, and ‘philosophers’.”
We artists matter because we are the record-keepers and the conscience of history.
Isn’t that great?



About Lisa Perez

Lisa M. Perez is a published poet, editor, copywriter, public speaker and artist. The co-creator of the first ever ArtSpace in Jersey City, member of IUOMA (International Union of Mail Artists), and administrator for an online Mail Art group, Lisa supports the arts and advocates for creativity. Her successful, Art Journal and "Notes from my Brain" series are ongoing projects that evolve with the artist. In addition to being an active blogger since 2005, Lisa scripts and edits copy for various online articles and videos. In September 2017, she was a guest-speaker and virtually chaired a YOGA Recovery meeting. In her spare time, Lisa studies, reads, and creates while maintaining a day job in a STEM field and being a full-time fur-mommy to her shih-tzu, Cher.
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