On August 12th, I found myself in the hospital with a heart attack. Now, I’m 53 and definitely not an Olympic athlete but I never expected that to happen at this time in my life. Ironically, my agenda for the previous day included only three things: breakfast with my wife, a meeting at church and to dust off my Bowflex for another workout startup. For some time, I was considering a change in my eating and activity but like most of you, I put it off.
We all procrastinate and we can all make up a 1,000 reasons not to do something. We can quickly become complacent in our day to day lives and settle into our after-work routine of the TV Dinner lifestyle. It’s rally hard to get your heart rate up simply by lifting the remote control. The end result for this type of complacent procrastination is usually a build up of “junk” in our minds, priorities and Arteries.
So you might ask what does this have to do with art? Well, procrastination applies to the world of art in a few ways:
- For Artists, it’s easier to not create because of burnout, fatigue or distractions. Even if art is their career, many find it difficult to devote time and energy to the creative process and when deadlines arise, they find themselves in a panic state and rarely feel as though they have ultimately done their best work.
- For Art appreciators, it’s hard to find time to take advantage of the local art opportunities in their community. Even if they aren’t in the market for new art, there are always new chances to experience local art and music. Attendance at art shows is on the decline in our country due to the overload of busy schedules, fast-food culture and tv addiction. I can’t tell you how many times people have waited too long to come in to see one of our shows, only to discover that the show ended the previous day.
- For Collectors, it’s too easy to put off purchasing artwork because of budget constraints, debating over framing or other concerns. Whether the artwork is an original, limited edition print or even a poster, there is no guarantee that you can always go back and buy it later. Although we never advocate buying art for it’s collectible value alone, if you fall in love with an artwork and it’s within your means to buy it, we strongly recommend you don’t procrastinate because it may be gone or go up in price later, making it prohibitive to purchase later.
My encouragement to all of you is to get up off the couch, go and seek local art opportunities. You don’t have to be an artist or collector to enjoy fine art but in order to enjoy art, you do have to immerse yourself in it. Your mind and body will be enhanced by the experience. After all, if thousands of couch potatoes can start walking to chase Pokemon, we should be able to chase down a few artworks.
For a more complete story of my cardiac adventure, click here