Manifesto for Growth

Although I agreed with many points on this list, there were three that did stick out to me the most. 

“14. Don’t be cool. Cool is conservative fear dressed in black. Free yourself from limits of this sort.”

I really like this one because it really enforces the idea of being comfortable with yourself and not being afraid to be weird and really dig deep into yourself to find that creative side. I mean sure it’s ok to indulge in some of the trendy things of the time, but I think I’m the end you just have to be you and flow as far away or as close to the current as you need to in order to be successful. And I think what message this is also trying to convey is that sometimes we get so caught up into trying to “fit in” with the crowd that we loose the true sight of trying to grow ourselves to be better people rather than trying harder to “fit in.” And I really agree with the above statement because I know that even though I’ve gotten caught up in trying to “fit in”, I try harder to make myself grow as a better person. 

“18. Stay up late. Strange things happen when you’ve gone too far, been up too long, worked too hard, and you’re separated from there rest of the world.” 

This one really hits home for me because I’ve experienced it first hand. I know there’s been times when I know I’ve clearly not gotten enough sleep and school is a lot to handle, yet I’m still up past midnight with sudden urges to go draw. And some of those have been the most successful drawings I’ve had. So I know from experience that this is true. Sometimes you have to get yourself to that point where you’re alone and letting out feelings you didn’t know you had and opening up parts of yourself you didn’t know existed in order to grow. 

“41. Laugh. People visiting the studio often comment on how much we laugh. Since I’ve become aware of this, I use it as a barometer of how comfortably we are expressing ourselves.” 

This one is probably is my favorite and the one I love to enforce all the time. Laughter is such an important thing to me because it can brighten the day and make you feel better all the time. That’s my go to thing if I’m upset or too stressed out over something. I call up or text someone who I know will let me vent for a bit and then make me laugh uncontrollably. Or I go watch something that makes me laugh. Because now this way instead of moping around and stressing out I feel so much better and ready to tackle on what problems I have. And I also so agree with the statement above because laughter is a great way of expressing yourself and bonding with others. 

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