The Duty Of The Artist

Two of my closest friends have joined the Armed Forces.

One a Marine. The other a member of the National Guard.

Because of my physical condition — I have metal plates in my hips as result of surgery to combat effects of the cerebral palsy I was born with (I was born three months premature) — I am not fit to serve my country in the same way as them.

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I’m exercising. Building up my strength and endurance. But the reality is: When it comes to my physicality, I’ll always hit a wall that others won’t.

Since it’s clear that my future lies not in working with my body, but in working with my mind, that’s one reason why I decided to pursue writing.

I used to feel bummed that I wasn’t able to do everything that my friends were doing.

But, a recent thought has caused me to see my decision to devote my time and talents to becoming an artist in a new light:

A soldier’s duty is to fight for home. An artist’s duty is to make home worth fighting for.

On a related note:

It’s art — music and visuals — like this that make me appreciate my home:

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2 thoughts on “The Duty Of The Artist

  1. I love this line: “A soldier’s duty is to fight for home. An artist’s duty is to make home worth fighting for.” WOW! I’m stealing it 😉

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