Why Artists Are the Luckiest People I Know

artists are the luckiest people
"Petite Fleurs"- Pablo Picasso

"Picasso was drawing like an angel in the crib." - Louise Nevelson, Sculptor

Artists are the luckiest people I know. That may sound a little funny to you, but it's true.

Without question, artists are the luckiest people.

Here's why I say this.

A few years ago, I was at a friend's house socializing with a few people at a little get-together. One of the people at the party was a professional psychotherapist and analyst.

I started up a conversation with the analyst and we talked for a while about our lives and what we did for a living.

It was just one of those casual party conversations, nothing really heavy-duty.

During our conversation, though, the therapist said something that has stuck with me to this day.

"You're very lucky," he told me.  "You know exactly what you want to do with your life.  You want to be an artist.  A lot of people don't know what to do with their lives.  They come to me for help, for guidance. Sometimes they figure out what they want, but sometimes they don't.  But you are different.  You know.  That's a good thing.  You're lucky."

I never saw the therapist again after that night at the party.  But I have often thought about what he told me.  And I have learned through these years that he was exactly right.

A lot of people out there don't get to be so lucky.   They don't get to find easy answers about who they want to be in this life.  They struggle with their identity.  For whatever reason, they never really find their authentic selves.  In a very real way they remain strangers to themselves, lost souls.  And I think that's kind of sad.

Why You Are So Lucky....

But if you are anything like most artists I know (and I'll bet you are), you have always known that you were a creative type.  You have always been drawn to create, to write, to paint, to sculpt.

You have probably always known that since you were very young.

You were probably drawing or painting (or whatever it was that you did) just like Picasso in the crib.

This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. susandrawbaugh

    Yes, Gary, we are lucky! That’s why I struggle to make enough money with this to not have to go out and get a mundane 9-5 job. As far as knowing since I was little about my talent, my parents told me I was drawing all the time at 4 years old. I believe that’s typical – from every artist’s bio that I’ve read.

    1. Gary Bolyer Fine Art

      Hello Susan,

      Thanks for your comments. I think what you say here about your early childhood and your talents as an artist being displayed very early on is typical of a lot of artists. It seems to me that artists are born and not really made. It’s like we just come into this world already having a deep sense of who we are and what we want to be doing. Thanks again.

  2. artbylt

    I knew I wanted to be an artist early on also, but some artists I know today had those instincts squelched by parents or peer pressure. They had to wait until later in life to get back to their first love.

    1. Gary Bolyer Fine Art

      I think you are completely right here. A lot of times we can be stifled by others who may have good intentions, but still get the way of our growth.

  3. Janicke Johansen

    I think once you have decided to dedicate your life fully to your art then you can call an artist lucky. Lucky to have a career that fulfills you emotionally, physically and spiritually something a regualr job cant do. However the road to this realisation and decision to dedicate your life to it isnt easy for all. As well as finding ways to make a living off the art is not straight forward but now that I am trully dedicating my time to my art those finacial avenues are making themselves known to me, but what a journey to get here and still I need to rely on another income at least for now.

  4. Rosaleen Crowley

    Some of us don’t find ourselves or create or recreate ourselves until we are older. But at whatever age…it is a joy.

    1. Gary Bolyer

      I agree. It is never too late to move in a new creative direction. Thanks for your comments.

  5. Penney

    Thank you Gary for that wonderful news! I have always had gratitude that I have been able to be an artist. I remember like it was yesterday, I was finger painting in kindergarten and felt so much joy. I didn’t want to stop. I knew right then what I wanted to be when I grew up. It took a long time. Life got in the way for a while. But I’m there and very happy! And feel very lucky!

    1. Gary Bolyer

      Thanks for the great story Penney. I think a lot of artists will agree with your comments here. Keep up the good work.

  6. danielle callahan

    I think all humans are born creative & those who, for myriad of reasons, despite all that world/environment throw our way, are able to hold strong to any sense of purpose, joy, & continue to express in chosen way(s) are ALL lucky!! I know I used art as coping mechanism at very young age (portrait drawing, stick into sandstone carving, etc) & benefitted by developing laser focus, ability to create in atmosphere of destruction & I am grateful for wherever this fortitude came from & work to encourage it in all young people…create, create, create…

  7. Erin

    Ive always known I was an artist. I’m gifted in the arts in general, from drawing, photography, even dancing. The difficult part has been finding my strengths and weaknesses.

  8. Jeanne

    I know that I am truly blessed to be working on my art full time now. I started out drawing at a very young age, as most artists have commented here. Then life happened and so I spent years going in diverse directions, chasing after a host of other interests. But now I’ve come home to my easel and it’s wonderful!

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