For the last year or two, my life has really rocked. A lot of things have come into focus...
Most of the enjoyment comes from "getting off the train to nowhere"--the old career, etc.... going back to school, getting a degree, getting out of debt, and now the opportunities in art (just building skills right now) are opening up like a field of daisies in summer. I can't wait to get up every day.
It's been great for about 2-3 years now. I'm not knocking on wood... it's just good to have a great life. I've worked hard for it. The secret isn't just hard work; it's hard work in the direction you want to go.
Anyone else feel similarly?
I felt like this for a few months last year. I may need to "recharge" so I can get that feeling again. But I feel like I'm in the midst of a transition era and my life is about to get really really good. Things are opening up for me socially, artistically, and business-wise, and it seems that every day I feel a little more "adult." All hail the fathomless void that is reality!
Cool, man. Yeah, it's not all up, is it? But for the most part, you look back, and you can't complain... right?
I came from such a depressing era and situation that getting further and further away from the event horizon of that black hole is just such a great feeling. I know where I'm going; around every corner there are no ugly surprises, just more opportunities. Bad things happen, but they don't get me down anymore.
Had two weeks of that after school ended, now I'm right back into it. I've started my voluntary ecological year and in between working on my art, cooking, cuddling donkeys and having a major crush on one of my colleagues, life's fucking awesome right now.
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Rotor - GoGoJoJo
"Limited drawing skills are OK if they are offset by a fearless commitment to putting images on paper."
"I mean, What is a chair? It's an anti-gravity device." Glen Keane
"The difficult part is continuously realizing when you've stopped enjoying the process, and re-aligning yourself. It's kind of like meditation/being an art ninja..." ceddo
Yea...I would like a refund.
I'm looking forward to the next year of education and I am really positive about my exam results, the book I'm writing is coming along great and I have improved greatly as far as art goes in the last few months. my tutor will be pleased with me, which is good because an angry welsh accent is goddam hard to listen to.
I've got 5 to ten years before I could claim the title of this thread.
Right now, it's work.
My SketchBook http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=139784
http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=192127"Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."-John Huston, Director
I'm with you. Life is pretty darn awesome.
I worked for Wizards and did concept art for a major console title. My work was accepted into Spectrum, Expose, ImagineFX, and 2DArtistMag. And after all this, I graduated art school.
So yeah, good times. Hard work does eventually pay off.
Saving my enjoyment for 11 11 11.
No, this bitch is driving me crazy... one day she is super nice, the next she acts as if I raped her dog in front of Santa...
Not especially, but good for you. Getting out of college debt, whew. Congrats.
~-~Forgive the stupidity, I'm stupid.~-~
It's been feeling down for me because I'm not sure how I'm going to pay for school (if I go at all), not sure if I'll make it, what lies ahead, etc....god damn uncertainty. It eats at me everyday, and has for a year or two...
Whether it takes 5, 10, 15 years, I'll eventually be doing something in art. For the moment, I'll just live vicariously through you.
Sketchbook: There and Back again Updated- 7/04/12
Whether or not you're enjoying life right now, realize that better times are ahead if you want them. The point is to want them enough to do the work. You're the one who can make your own future work.
Yeah the student loan thing was a pain (I mostly used high interest credit cards )
I'm living a pretty quite life right now. Still looking for work as an artist (it's about time to send another round of postcards and start cold calling again). I don't have much money but it's enough to get by. I spend most of my day taking care of the house and chores (and drawing of course) while my boyfriend works. I cook dinner every night and we always eat together. I have a lot of books to read. I'm currently going through some health problems but I'm just beyond happy I have health insurance. These things just make me feel like everything is right.
I think the last year/year and a half have been amazing, the best I've had since I was a child. So much good and awesome has happened, I have succeeded in many things important to me (well failed too but the end result has always been positive), I've found many new friends as well as kindled old ones and have had an awesome time with them, come to many a realisations and discoveries about myself. Of course there have been lows too and even though they often feel like the worst I've ever had then when I think about it, they just feel so bad because the highs have been so much better and longer.
I know there is a year of change ahead because I'm gonna move and I'm kinda scared beacause I don't know anyone there, I don't know the place, I don't know the system etc. but nothing's really boding bad per say so I try to keep it positive.
even though there are a lot of things in my life to be distraught over, i have to say that i am still rather happy. I trying to realize that life is in the moment and sitting around waiting for perfect circumstances is just the wrong way to view things.
happiness, i am finding, comes from being comfortable, accepting of challenge, and (for me) realizing that thing things in my life i cant change arnt worth stressing over.
I think im also happy because my relationship with God is growing as well. Anytime i see myself growing in maturity and love for others, i cant help but be happy.
Eventhough a lot of emotional stuff has happened with my family ( tore my family apart, its divided between the views of my older brother and i against my mother, father annd twin brother), my life has been going great. I have been working hard for many things (art, going to start to get in shape as a life long thing).
I changed my diet to a more healthier one, one with less salts and fats and more fruits and wholesome foods. And I feel absolutely great, i dont see the point in fat foods unless if its in a once in a blue moon treat.
I am going to be amazing! .
Yep. I have a good life. I get to travel anywhere I want
Even though I'm feeling the opposite now, I felt a bit of positive energy from reading this thread, thank you. It's nice to know someone is feeling happy.
For those of you who are unhappy, I have some recommendations. Start doing things for other people! Volunteer, donate stuff, commit random acts of kindness, etc. Get out of the 'I me mine' philosophy and embrace the eternal YOU.
And learn to meditate! It's helped me more than anything in my life and I'm certainly not alone in that.
Also, I'd recommend reading "The Buddha's Brain" by Rick Hanson. He is a neuropsychologist and has devised techniques for happiness based on three archetypal brain systems (feeling safe, being fed, and feeling loved - or the reptile, rat, and monkey.) He's a good man with good info.