Living your life as an artist
In this treatise I want to discuss what it means to live your life as an artist. Not necessarily that you spend your entire day drawing, playing instrument or painting, but rather how you take their approach and live your life with the same spirit. Artist have a special way of being able to perceive the small distinctions, the nuances of a field. The difference between painters and normal people, is that normal people are not really looking at their surroundings, whereas the painter look at the surrounding and try to convey the feeling by emphasising certain aspects. Maybe one person recognising a flower, whereas the other person focuses on the architecture. They're immersed in it and want to share it with the world.
For me, living your life like an artist means that you approach your life from this same way. That every action you do is for their own sake. This to me is living your life like art. You wake up in the morning and make your bed, because you want to do exactly that. You were great clothes, because you like the quality of the material, not because you want to impress someone. You go on dates to have great conversations, and not consider it a failure just because you don't end up having sex. You work on projects that excites you, regardless of the results around you.
By doing things for their own sake, you don't have to worry about outwardly success. Because you do what you love, so that you don't have to have a lot of money etc. Because the thing is enough in itself. You don't need to chase after something external to fill you up, your cup is already full.
"You have a right to your actions, but never to your actions’ fruits. Act for the action’s sake. And do not be attached to inaction"
This is the source of freedom. Fuck you money. Whatever you'd call it. By approaching life from this frame of mind, you're not caught up in unnecessary chases. You live life purely.
"The whole world becomes a slave to its own activity, Arjuna; if you want to be truly free, perform all actions as worship"
Similar to the way of the artist is also the way of the warrior. The samurai in Japan used to say "life in every breath". This is what it means. You don't sacrifice 10 years of your life to chase something you go for the source directly.
Because that is the interesting thing, is that most people are not sincere in looking for success. All they want is the side-effects of success, not success in it's purity. People want cars, houses, a lot of money, girlfriend (even multiple) but they don't want success in itself. All of these things that I just listed are just by-products of success, they're not success in itself. Success and greatness comes from mastery over a particular skill or domain. Let's say mastery over carpentry, being the best carpenter in the world will give you all the above and a lot more. But if you're just chasing after cars and houses and use carpentry as a "gimmick" or "hack" believing that it'll get you there faster - you are tricking yourself.
To become a true master, you can't follow a step-by-step guide. To become a master you have to explore the edge of human knowledge, walk the long road yourself. And that is not possible if you not sincerely want to know the truth in that domain. So the weird paradox is that if you live your life from the point of the artist, you're going to become more successful because you'll focus on learning the things that will actually make you successful instead of chasing the by-products.
You might be asking: how do I know where to go? That is a question you have to ask to yourself, because only yourself can give you a sincere answer.