Neil Gaiman, author of one of my favorite books Ocean at the End of the Lane, gave a wonderful graduation speech back in 2012. I was reminded of a quote from it today and thought I’d share it with you all.
“Sometimes life is hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do.
Make good art.
I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Someone on the Internet thinks what you’re doing is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, and eventually time will take the sting away, but that doesn’t matter. Do what only you can do best. Make good art.”
It’s very inspirational and if you find yourself needing a little inspiration, or just want to listen to Neil Gaiman’s wonderful British Accent, you should definitely watch the whole speech. Let me know what you think.
~Lady of the Pen~