Not the fastest gun in town anymore
Where your dominant ethos is rebellious and thoroughly individualistic, it’s easy to get down on yourself for not standing out and being special.
Because that’s the currency. You don’t feel truly successful unless your voice of dissent is being heard. Unless you’re constantly resisting people’s expectations. And unless the world is publicly recognizing you for choosing to do things as an expression of your identity.
When I first came on the scene as a writer, dozens of media outlets interviewed me about my work every year. And it never failed to make me feel special and successful.
But a decade later, it was a different story. Quite literally. My novelty started to taper off. The phone stopped ringing. Because the media had moved onto their next shiny object.
No matter how many new and exciting projects I launched, the creative landscape was simply too saturated for me to stand out like I used to. And that broke my heart.
Carlin experienced this phenomenon as an artist, even into his sixties. He said you’re never the fastest gun in town forever. Sooner or later, you’re no longer the new guy. And the only way to reignite your creative juices is to see others else excelling and think to yourself, wow, I better get busy.
It’s a noisy culture. I need to raise my voice. Both figuratively and literally.
That’s the challenge. Not dropping into a deep hole of shame, but continuing to make art in the face of the indifference with which society often greets you.
Sure beats the alternative.
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