Hard work being happy

It’s hard work being happy, and when you’re happy your sketches are boring. Why should I want to be happy? I’ve noticed I can’t draw really good stuff when I’m happy, they end up being really banal. But when I’m sad, I can draw like wild fire! There’s something about sadness/ grief/conflict that really draws out the creativity in me.

When I was in college I used to try so hard to stay sad and depressed all the time. It’s so elusive now, because my life is great, I like ( almost three days out of seven) my job, I like Viv, I’ve got everything I want…and it’s difficult to find sadness!!!

So what’s the point in being happy? Can’t do really expressive work, plus it’s hard work as well. I know what’s easy though. It’s easy to stay in a kind of inertia, not feeling anything one way or the other, not letting anything touch you. I used to believe that you can really do great work in isolation like that.
But that’s not true. Only when you’re in conflict.


7 thoughts on “Hard work being happy

  1. Vivek says:

    all of us want to be happy all the time…but isn’t sadness enjoyable as well..for that matter isnt each and every human emotion equally enjoyable at some level…??


  2. Manu Sharma says:

    “I am a great artist and I know it. The reason I am great is because of all the suffering I have done.”

    Paul Gauguin

    All great art comes out of suffering. In fact, every great philosopher or thinker that has existed went through long periods of depression at some time in his life.


  3. Soo says:

    euterpeah > Hehe…
    Manu > Thanks for the reminder! I knew some really great person had already thought of this before me!
    Viv > show me one great art that came out of happiness/ecstasy (not the drug)


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