Ignoring the Noise

The world’s in a weird place right now, with politics playing a more dominant role than ever before. Regardless of your political allegiance, you have to admit it’s hard to remain creative with so much noise around you. Scroll through social media and every second post is about something political, with everything else getting lost in the void. I mean, why bother to do something if no one’s paying attention, right?

If you think about it, it’s quite a selfish thought. Lives and ways of life are being debated and impacted here, but we’re worried if someone reads our story, listens to our song, or watches our movie. As much as corporates will tell you otherwise, there are much bigger concerns than views and sales figures in this world…

That said, art plays a fundamental aspect in all our lives—from escapism to empowerment, it’s what allows us to dream. And if we don’t dream, are we alive or just breathing? Thanks to Killswitch Engage for the below quote.

Are we alive, or just breathing?
Don’t close your eyes, see the images
Are we alive, or just breathing?
Don’t close your eyes, see the images

In turbulent times such as these, this is where the best art is created. We need to shut off the noise and continue to create—even if no one’s listening right now, it doesn’t mean they won’t eventually. We need to knuckle down, believe in what we have to say, and just do it (I also heard Shia’s voice there).

At the end of the day, there will always be something bigger happening in the world than what you’re doing. It’s an evitable part of life. But this doesn’t mean you’re unimportant or less valuable; no, it means you need to carry on even when everyone’s attention is diverted. Ignore the noise and create. Make something that’s worth speaking about and captivate the imagination. If you don’t do it, who else will? Ultimately, artists might not save the world, but they at least make it far more bearable to deal with.

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