I don’t like deleting previous captions, but I’m doing it here so I can specifically address something I see a lot with not only artists, but just people in general.
I think it’s a misguided notion to think that a person only has something to offer to the world if they are “good” at something. That some talent or some singular event will be enough to encompass and legitimize the rest of their lives. People are so willing to compartmentalize themselves into these roles that they feel useless if they can’t reach “there,” that unseen mountain where they should be in order to be successful, or where they should be to make a difference in the world.
But in my short experience in the world, life isn’t like that. More often than not, 99% of us will not be those people who change the world by a singular event or a specific talent of theirs. It’s not our fault. That’s what make these leaders special, their exclusivity.
What I find distressing is that because of that, people feel worthless. That what meager talents and experiences they have aren’t enough to be heard by the world. But who says that you have to travel to foreign countries in order to be a humanitarian? Who says that you can be legitimized only by posting your artwork in a famous gallery? Nobody does, but we expect it. We don’t just want to splash at puddles, we want to make waves.
I just want to remind everyone that the big picture isn’t always what matters. Sometimes the pieces of the puzzle need as much help as the completed work.
If you want to make a difference, to make a mark in the world, start small. The people who need help aren’t only abroad, they’re at home too. The people who will be inspired by your work may not be the “professionals” in the industry, but they will be people who need to see it. That’s enough, and then some.
I’m sure this isn’t what the artist was saying, but it’s something I wanted to address and this comic seemed like a good jumping point. Be nice everyone; we’ve all felt like this before!
I agree 100%. Maybe it’s just something you learn with time and life experience, but I’ve heard it said many times before: THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SOMEONE BETTER THAN YOU. At ANYTHING. BUT!! THERE IS ONLY ONE YOU. No one else in the WORLD can make things the specific way you do and from your exact perspective. You ARE unique.
Also (though I still do it, and it’s the hardest thing to overcome) DON’T compare yourself to others. Again, there is only one YOU.