Okay so it’s official, a lot of artists are on the bandwagon to embrace money and get control over their finances. Cool, I’m not alone. Now the question is how do we accomplish this together. I’m a lover of many things. And I truly believe you should use the things that you are into to help solve problems. I’m not sure if it’s the chicken or the egg, but I think you are drawn to certain things (you are given amulets, if you will) for a reason. Either you are drawn to them or they are drawn to you so that you can use them in the future to help you conquer fears and doubts and ultimately help you move to the next phase of your life. Okay I know, voodoo again (or some Dungeons and Dragons BS). But hear me out.
Here are a few of my favorite things: science fiction literature, popular science, yoga, meditation, eastern philosophy, psychology and contemporary art. Because I love sci-fi nothing is out of the realm of possibility. I will explore even the seemingly ridiculous and fringe side of things. Because I love popular science, my reality has to be bound by physics and quantum mechanics. That seems at odds with one another, but what I’m getting at is that I root myself in reality, but I allow the fantastical and the bizarre to help me solve problems. I cannot help but tackle things from all conceivable sides.
Because I love yoga, meditation and eastern philosophy I feel like I have a set of real tools to deal with the very difficult aspects of taking on an enormous problem or obstacle that’s larger than myself. I see money and finances as an immense issue so I need help. When I start to have doubts or I start to feel desire for let’s say a new pair of boots or if I start to hyperventilate when I look at how little is in my bank account or how large my student loan debt is I can breathe and focus and come back to a balanced calm. Sometimes turning the mind off can actually fill us with creative energy to solve problems. Because I love psychology I know that the brain is both the root of our problems and the solution. My childhood belief that money was uncontrollable and unknowable was only revealed through the exploration of my past. It is where most of our deep-rooted fears and beliefs, our mythology spawns. And you have to know where things began in order to eradicate them.
And because I love contemporary art, when the shit hits the fan, and I absolutely can’t think about money and finances, or I feel like running for the hills and scrapping this whole ridiculous experiment, I can lose myself in art. I can go to a museum (sometimes free) or gallery (always free!). It’s not just a place to escape, it’s a place for me to feel normal and at peace again. It is my center. And maybe once I get control over my finances, I can support the art world in a totally different way and actually start doing the work that I do to help artists for trade! I really love the barter system too.
Okay so now that I have all of my weapons and amulets in hand. I am well equipped with all of the things that I know and love so that I can feel confident to take on something that I fear and loathe and that seems like an insurmountable obstacle. And then ultimately how do I go about making money one of my favorite things? Isn’t that what happens in video games, the thing you conquer now becomes a resource, it becomes your talisman. What are a few of your favorite things? What are the tools that you will use to take on this monstrous task of conquering your fears and doubts about money?