“Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”—Kurt Vonnegut
For too many years I was a “number man”. Worked with numbers as an auditor, accountant, bookkeeper, manager, and comptroller. Always using the left hemisphere of my brain, while the other side slept. Then I retired and had very little use for numbers, except to keep my frugal pension budget afloat. Two bloggers, (e.g., Don Ray and Abe Lincoln) showed me the way of capturing brief moments of reality with a camera. I took the tip and haven’t stopped since. I fell for photography, hook, line and sink.
I’m not a Picasso, Ansel Adams or Vivian Maier, but almost every day I’m creating something. Maybe not a masterpiece, but at least it’s something I’ve accomplished using my right brain. That for me, my dear readers, means a lot; a whole lot.
This is what I do in an attempt to create something using the right side of my brain. Here we go.
“Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” I’ll drink to that. Good Day.