Are we all artists?

"When I first read the words “life is an art”, it seemed like the most absurd thing anyone can think. You can’t possibly infuse an artist’s creativity (and also, complexity) to everything in your life, can you?

But my personal quest to understand these words and try and implement them in my life has given me a different perspective."

Being somewhat of a compulsive person myself, I never thought I would ever believe in the saying “life is an art”. For me, art is abstract, subjective, non-mathematical. If all these principles can be straight forward applied to life, where is the certainty of long-term stability? Why do we make elaborate daily, weekly routines in the name of productivity?

What’s an art? And what is an anti-art then?

I believe life is simple. Every hour is a set of 60 minutes, needed to be planned and checked off from my to-do list. I do not wish to consider it a piece of life which can be molded or painted in a beautiful painting (as an artist would explain). I do not see colors when everything can be simple black, white and greys. I do not believe in small talk. I do not believe in embellishing what I say. Colors are for paintings and embellishments for fashion.

But I do love art. Those who know me know that I have been a dabbler at painting for quiet some time now. I love music, I love poetry, I love the intricacy of thoughts of artist’s mind.

When I first read the words “life is an art”, it seemed like the most absurd thing anyone could think. You can’t possibly infuse an artist’s creativity (and also, complexity) to everything in your life, can you?

But my personal quest to understand these words and try and implement them in my life has given me a different perspective.

For example, how we organize your day is an art. Most of the structure comes from our career choice, our priorities and our time availability. But if we can briefly take out some time to reflect on it, we might end up swapping so many activities! It’s easy to forget what feels good when we are tied-up with all the important things we do! Few things, as simple as asking myself “reading news in the morning seems logical, but is this what I really want to feed my brain first thing in the morning? What do I crave for instead?” gave me best answers to organize my day. All of us have differently wired bodies and minds. For some of us, working out first thing in the morning will be absolutely reveling, and for some of us, playing the guitar.

Another very well-known element of art/artist - Be inspired. As an artist draws their interpretation from anything as simple as a leaf, and infuse it in their work, someone like you and me can at least be inspired by an idea, a value, or a person. I have read many self-development and management books, and have found something pretty common- the importance of having a role model. I’ve found this idea to be very simple and easy to adopt. Learning about a personality or personalities, knowing their life story, understanding their values and trying to tailor it to our life’s practicality, is an art that can take time and perseverance, but can pay off in the long run.

Let’s take an example of a hobby. For example, cooking. It can be as mundane as boiling chicken and rice, mixing cilantro sauce and gulping it down. But instead, being crazily in love with cooking, I would not like to treat the activity in such unsophisticated terms. Cooking is such a delicate balance of spices, textures, taste, aroma – all crafted carefully to prepare a scrumptious meal. It’s not about finishing preparing a certain meal – it’s how the cloves are going to taste with garlic. It’s what a “namak swaad anusaar” feels!

Do I sound like an artist now?

Let’s take another example, a highly enthusiastic body builder might want to understand his progress better. He might not stick to a prescribed routine but devise one of his own by understanding his physical needs. Or probably his trainer will, the artist here will be the trainer, not him.

Most of you would agree with me here. Hobbies (ones we are genuinely passionate about, not the ones we engage in because they seem cool) takes good amount of thinking, practicing, understanding and experimenting. The reason why we enjoy anything is because we have enough fuel, or passion, to think it through. To improvise. To deconstruct all the elements within it and structure it according to our liking – the artform we create.

When we realize what an art actually means – and what it means for me is to infuse it with my own values and ideas, it becomes an art. It’s no longer a machine-made rut of chores and events that our day-to-day lives are. It requires certain amount of study as well as self-awareness to think of life and its elements as an art.

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