This feature is from the Fall 2017 issue of AGLOW.
Less is more.
Too many people attempt to do it all. Remember that kid in middle school who tried to be the all star on the dodgeball team? Nobody liked him, and he only got in everybody’s way. Focusing on one particular skill, direction, goal, project etc. takes work and effort. The drive and desire to have your hands in a little bit of everything needs to be suppressed. It’s important to visualize the goal or direction that one wants to move towards and be single minded in that pursuit. An olympic athlete cannot focus on winning the gold in both gymnastics and diving, it simply doesn’t work. It takes work, effort, and sacrifice to be accomplished in any particular skill or field. Distractions must be removed and attention must be focused on less rather than more.
Art is not about making money, it’s about creating something that you’re passionate about and that makes you come alive. The more that artists forget about status, reputation, financial gain, etc, the more that the world will begin to see genuine works art that are full of life and will stand the test of time. Have fun with it! Work towards something that makes your heart beat a little faster. Don’t take yourself too seriously, and strive to push your boundaries.
Photographer, surfer, thrill seeker, and life enthusiast, James has called the road—and his faithful but not necessarily trusty 1976 VW Type 2 van—home for the past few years with no plans to stop anytime soon. Currently boondockin’ around the Pacific Northwest with his DR350 dual sport in tow.