Most things in our lives are out of our control.
But one thing that we do have some control over is how we deal with things, i.e. our reactions/emotions.
But even that takes work.
Controlling your emotions doesn’t happen automatically.
It requires knowing and understanding them.
That takes effort and practice.
If you want to get better at controlling and managing your anger, for instance, you need to understand your anger.
You need to really understand your triggers, what helps and what doesn’t.
If you want to master patience, you need to understand what things you find easy to be patient with.
You can learn from them, and emulate in other areas of your life.
If you want to be happier, you need to understand what makes you happy and do more of those.
And so on.
You get the idea.
Trying to be better at managing emotions isn’t easy.
It is possible though, but only when you understand them.
Awareness and understanding are vital.
The only thing in our lives that we can control is our reaction.
But only when we understand them.
Being an artist is not just about painting, or singing, or something similar.
Everyone can be an artist.
Being an artist is about understanding that art isn’t just about painting or music, but that anyone who embraces their truth and puts their work out there is an artist.
It’s about being true to yourself.
It’s about honesty and integrity.
It’s about standing up for what you believe in.
Being an artist is about putting what you believe in, and your truth, out there.
It’s about being open and vulnerable.
It’s about shedding your skins and masks.
Being an artist is about not being scared of critics and criticisms, including the unjustified and unqualified ones.
It’s about thinking aloud.
It’s about having a thick skin.
Being an artist is about realising that you are mortal.
It’s about grasping the reality that if you don’t share your truth today, you may never get the chance.
It’s about a burning desire to make the world a better place, sharing your work, paying it forward and helping others.
Being an artist is about being scared and doing it anyway.
It’s about embracing your fears.
And most importantly, it’s about realising that the work you put out there is bigger than you and can impact others in ways you have no capacity to really know or understand.
If you have something in you that you want to put out there, embrace your inner artist.
Embrace your fears.
Then do it.
Go be an artist.