Entry 160: Non Basta Una Vita
It was a quote I learnt from a deceased artist in Kentucky. Roughly translated to, "one life is not enough," it is an interesting motto to try to live by.
Some days, all I want is more sleep. Sometimes I want to bask in the sun and watch nature. Perhaps I could watch a TV series of over 300 episodes, or play all the video games I've missed out on. If I shifted my schedule around, I could wake up earlier and photgraph the morning dew, but then I would lose out on the peaceful nights when the neighbors are quiet.
A few years ago, another artist I admired was able to acomplish all of these things, and more, at the expense of sleep and family time. He aspired to be more than himself, to become a true artist, and this meant cutting off portions of his life to do so. In a way, I admire his ability to focus, but it is a scary thing to attempt.
Some people devoid themselves of personal joy so they can give joy to others. Some sacrifice their well-being to provide food and shelter for others. To become more than yourself, it seems to come at a greater cost than one would hope for.