“Art should comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable” –
I’ve never been that good at embracing the status quo. But at the same time, I find it hard to publicly voice my thoughts on certain things. It’s a challenge. Discomfort always comes when you know that there are those will be offended if you say what you are really thinking. If you break out of the mould of that which you have become accustomed.
When you are not content with doing things the way they have always been done, you can end up feeling like you don’t really fit anywhere conventional. It can be an isolating situation to be in.
Change comes from those who are brave enough to challenge what is wrong and work towards making it whole again.
Settling for what has always been is always easier. But that comes with its own cost.
I guess that’s why I am so intrigued by Banksy’s work. He challenges the system. He makes us think about our long-held beliefs and if they are relevent. Or if they need rethinking?
He does his thing anonymously, sure, but it is not for great recognition and fame. And that is something I respect greatly – Just doing what you feel called to do, and doing it outside of the box, if it’s not a box you can fit into.
I have come to realise that important work comes from people who can’t imagine themselves not doing what they do. They get up in the morning and they go for it. It is not for gain, but because they believe in their truth so much that they are willing to give everything they have.
We managed to stop in to the Banksy exhibition before we came home from Auckland this weekend.
Seeing his work up close inspired me and made me feel like I could be braver. Standing in front of huge wooden panels that had been on a building, painted with his work made me imagine what it must be like to be this bold.
We only have such a short time to do what matters most.
Would the world really fall apart if we spoke about the things that we feel strongly about? Would it matter if it made some people uncomfortable? Would it matter if people misunderstood us?
These are the questions I ask myself. Maybe the answer is easy in theory, but in practise it comes with many road blocks. Overcoming these things may be the key to living life more courageously.