Thursday Thoughts: Fame vs. Obscurity

With great success often come a loss of creative freedom. The famous artist suddenly finds himself in a place where he must keep being successful and must not deviate too far from the path that brought him to fame. The fear of failure, which is always present, becomes magnified by the size of the audience. His financial status becomes even more closely tied to the attention and respect he garners. There are many who have found both fame and satisfaction, but there are also many who have found fame a narrow one-way path with high walls.

Those of us who find ourselves working in relative obscurity, who have the privilege of walking an average path, should use our freedom to explore. It doesn’t take much to meet basic financial needs and the walls along our path are small and no one will mind if we foray into the untamed woods occasionally.

It often seems that even in the face of low monetary success that artists can find great creative satisfaction. Explore what you will and let the world decide who they want to notice and ignore. It matters little.

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One response to “Thursday Thoughts: Fame vs. Obscurity

  1. This reminds me of Colossians 3:4 as translated in The Message: “Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.”

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