wake up and paddle….

lifeboat on the water“You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all wanna change the world…”
{The Beatles}

It’s a funny thing, creativity. The imagination is incredibly powerful. It can be our lifeblood, or our greatest source of stress. Walking around the world these days with eyes wide open and a vivid imagination is a rather scary thing. You can envision the fantastic possibilities of what could be if all goes right, but also conjure up very frightening scenarios for if it all goes horribly wrong. It can be a lot to process.

Sometimes it feels like the entire world is shifting. Maybe it’s been going on for years, but all of a sudden it feels like we’re at a tipping point. The Point of No Return, after which Nothing Will Ever be the Same Again. Lots of capital letters for dramatic effect. It’s been weighing on my mind as I watch the whole Occupy Wall Street/Occupy Chicago/Occupy  movement unfold across the country. People are angry and fed up. People want accountability. People feel like they got robbed of their futures. There are days when you get the unsettling feeling that everything we were told our futures would be is on the verge of collapse, and that the stability our parents generation grew up with is nothing but a dream.

Sometimes this crazy energy charging the air feels like slight tremor beneath your feet and you wonder if ground might liquefy beneath you at any moment. You watch, you listen, you wait, you go on with life. But you feel uneasy about the future.

Artonomy, one of the art blogs I subscribe to, sent this article to my inbox the other day. It touched a nerve with me and I thought it would be worth sharing…

The Revolution Will Not be Televised: How Can Artists Survive and Thrive in the New Economy?

There is revolution in the air. Unless you have spent the last four or so years on Mars you can’t have missed the restless loss of direction of the western world as it has struggled to make sense of the momentous economic catastrophes unravelling all around. Security, certainty and jobs have been sucked into a wild vortex of global meltdown.

But, it is in shifting miasmic times like these that revolutions happen… Rules can be rewritten, systems can be changed. Paradigms shift… Revolutions can create positive new opportunities… (for the rest of the article, click here)

The article managed to put a positive spin on that sinking feeling that sometimes comes too easily. It’s important to remember that, it’s absolutely right, the world will never be how it used to. We’ll never recapture the 50’s, the 60’s, or even 2007. It’s gone forever. But that doesn’t mean we have to stand on the deck and watch the waters rise as we go down with the ship. Sometimes you have to put on a life vest, and paddle your way to the shore. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find yourself on the white sand beach that you always dreamed of.

I saw a hash tag on Twitter the other day that read #American Awakening. That doesn’t sound like such a bad thing to me. Being awake is the best time to make your dreams come true.