Sometimes as an artist I wonder if I’m actually doing anything worth while or if I’m just selfishly spending my time creating art when I could be, I don’t know, feeding homeless people or volunteering with the boy scouts. Ya know what I mean?
What kind of difference I make something that I’ve been pondering off an on for a while.
Recently I had an experience helped me realize the art (what ever kind of art) you and I create does make a difference and we should be creating it.
It’s like this.
I have this old friend from College he is getting his masters degree in violin performance. He’s played the violin since he was very young. So imagine someone who’s been putting in violin hours for 30 or so years and you can bet he’s technically pretty amazing by now. Not only that he has a way of putting himself into the pieces that he plays that really makes them come alive. I love watching him play so you can bet when I got a Facebook invite to come hear him in his masters recital I went.
So there I am sitting in a recital hall with my friend Erica maybe 25 other people listening to Nate play his three amazing classical violin pieces. And I felt so happy to be there and so touched by the music, and I had an insight. Right there in that moment Nate and his amazing piano accompanist was making a difference in the world, because he was making a difference to me.
I’m a person right.
I don’t fit into a category of people that need “help”, except that everyone needs help really. Nor am I a huge mass of people, because it seems like to make a difference sometimes you have to be on the New York Times best seller list. I’m just one normal white, girl, and I felt something at that recital. And it made a difference.
The thing is the people that made a difference to me that night doesn’t just stop with Nate’s performance. All the people that ever taught Nate anything about playing violin, plus his parents that raised him and probably paid for a good deal of his lessons made a difference. The person that made the violin he was playing, and the people that taught that guy how to make violins made a difference. Then there’s the people that wrote the music he played, and the people that taught them about music. Plus the people that built the building we were in, etc. All of them made a difference.
So when I apply that to what I do, which is making pictures, I realize I really am doing something that is worthwhile.
So if you make pictures, or write a blog, or teach piano lessons, just know that that making a difference to that one viewer, or one follower or one student, it worth something.