Choose your own creative journey – Part 1

It starts with figuring out what is really important to you.

Choose your own creative journey

On this episode of the Art with Soul Podcast, we talk about how you can choose your own creative journey. In the first part of this 2-part episode, we talk about the importance of knowing what you want, and the insidious ways in which the attention economy and clever marketing messages obscure our true desires.

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“One of the things I have been thinking about is this idea of knowing what is really important to you, and how that can help you to make better choices. I’ve spent a lot of time this year questioning a lot of shoulds and musts and ‘this is just how things are done’, and realizing that not all of them are true when it comes to determining how I want to be living this wild and precious life of mine.

A lot of things that felt normal pre-pandemic have lost their luster. So much of what we did and the ways in which we spent our time just seems superfluous. What really matters became obscured and distorted into meaningless drives and desires, manipulated by a capitalist, patriarchal view of what it means to live a successful life…of what it means to belong…of what it means to be good enough and valid enough and worthy.

But when you think about it, what really matters to you?”

Tune is as we talk about:

  • The psychology of marketing
  • Bypassing gatekeepers
  • The fundamental flaw of hustle culture

and much more!

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Additional Resources

Previous episodes referenced in this podcast

Social media for artists: A fresh perspective

Why do you make art

Other resources

Visibility and the artist: Honoring your artist soul

On imagining a simpler life

On following your passion and quitting your day job

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3 Comments

  1. I am going to have to check this out. Seems like it shouldn’t be a hard question, right? “What’s really important to you?” It probably wasn’t one, when we were five or ten. The only problem, then, was that we didn’t know all the marvelous things out there that might be more important than the things we’d already dreamed up. And then, other people became important to us, so their important things became ours. And to be fair, ours became theirs. That’s a good thing, in many ways, but not if anyone is shoving their important things ASIDE for others’. We start out with the notion that it’s only temporary – we’ll get to ours. But then other things happen, other “important things” slide in between. And after a while, I think, we don’t even remember what those things were that we put on the shelf or swept under the rug – maybe they weren’t that important, or maybe we just ran out of time. Who knows? But the question itself becomes surprisingly hard to answer.

  2. I know what you mean. Speaking for myself, I think a lot of that kind of introspection happened to me in the year 2020, when we were all stuck at home and the only way forward for me was to nip the frustrations in the bud by focussing inwards. There were far too many questions but very few answers, but that process led me on to many interesting paths since.
    I’d love to check out this podcast, Shinjini. Will share my thoughts on it, once done.

    • One part of the introspection happened for me in 2020 too. 2021 just took it all much deeper!
      I’d love to hear your thoughts after you’ve had a chance to listen to the episode, Esha.

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