So I’ve been thinking . . . about Vincent Van Gogh. Not so much about what a great artist he is but about how much he failed.
I recently went to the new Van Gogh exhibit at the Art Institute in Chicago, and what really stuck with me wasn’t the art but the fact that Van Gogh failed time and time again. I didn’t realize he had several different jobs—teacher, art dealer, lay minister—and failed at them all. He kept trying different jobs but they never felt right. It was only until he did what he loved—paint—that he found what felt right for him.
Unfortunately, during his lifetime, he only sold one painting. But he kept painting and doing what he loved. He never succeeded as an artist until after his death. Amazing that years and years after his death, he became one of the most famous artists in the world.
So all this got me to thinking about failure, more specifically, my fear of failure. The more I write, the more I open myself up to possibilities, thus, the more I fear failure. When you are doing something you love, it’s scary. Somehow, seeing Van Gogh’s work and reading about him gave me hope. Ok, yes, I know he committed suicide so that’s not so hopeful. Yet, reading about him and his continual pursuit of art made me feel better. He kept painting, and now, how lucky are we that we get to enjoy his “failures?” Thank you Mr. Van Gogh for your gift.
And another thing (or two or five) . . .
- Successful people who have failed.
- It only takes one yes to succeed.
- So happy tax day is April 18 this year. Whew! Finally a way to look forward to tax day.
- Celebrate your local bookstore. Independent Bookstore Day April 30.
- Be the light in someone’s day—or your own day.
- Because this made me laugh my ass off.
I’ve been reading . . . Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I’m not normally a sci-fi fan but was intrigued by this book and the (mostly) rave reviews on Goodreads. I’m about halfway through it and it’s pretty good so far.
I’ve been watching . . . nothing, just waiting. Only 9 more days until GAME OF THRONES! AND, today is the THE day for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
I’ve been listening to . . . Andrew Bird. Just saw him play in New York City. Whathe can do with a violin is pretty incredible. Check out this improvised performance of St. Vincent and Andrew Bird.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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