WTF Should I Be When I Grow Up?

One of my good friends is a neoclassical realist portrait painter (His name is Landon Clay, and you can check out his work here). He specializes in lifelike oil paintings of the human figure. He wants to be a famous artist when he grows up, so he paints for 14 hours a day.   We all have those friends who just KNOW what they want to do with their lives and they’re doing it. If you’re anything like me, you have a lot of things you want to do, and you’re blessed to have a myriad of options with how you could be spending your time. But how do you choose? Here’s the story of how I did. I prefer to think of myself as a metaphorical painter and my life as a canvas. While I could focus on becoming really good at one style of painting, like say neoclassical realism, I don’t have the conviction like my friend Mr. Clay. Instead I get to fill in corners of that canvas with the exploits and creations of my life, some as fine detailed drawings and others as broad brush strokes thrown in passion, rage, and conviction. But the question remains: how the hell do I know what to paint? I boil it down to three things I value in life. These are the three things I want to be remembered for long after I’m gone. Simultaneously, these are things I love doing. They’re not finite goals – things that can […]

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