I read the last page of the book and I could feel my heartbeat. I don’t know if you’ve almost had a panic attack from a revolutionary idea before, but that’s where I was. On the edge of an existential crisis, but excited to change the world.
Was I doing what I wanted to do with my life? Were my actions consistent with a larger goal? I didn’t know anymore.
I want to change the world. I want to live a creative life I’m proud of. I want to help other people do the same thing. I want to play an infinite game and get other people involved.
Tattooing changes lives.
I’m still a firm believer that tattooing changes lives. I help people express themselves with body art, and I love it.
It’s satisfying when I wipe off the ink and soap and a client sees a piece of art that tells their story. Then they get to share it with the people they’re closest to. That art has an impact on the client and their friends and family.
Art has helped me through depression, loss, and anxiety. Art lets me celebrate my victories and accomplishments. I’m proud that I get to help others get the same creative benefits through body art.
But I can’t change an entire community with one tattoo. I can’t spread a philosophy to the world or make someone more creative by being creative for them. Tattooing has its limits.
Something was missing.
Tattooing is part of the puzzle for me. It’s a piece of what I want to do, but it’s not the sum. The big picture is so much more.
I live by a few fundamental ideas — creativity is one of the most valuable skills that someone can have, empathy is another. I also think that philosophy that you can USE is more valuable than idle thoughts while you sit under a tree.
“There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction.”
— John F. Kennedy
These ideas drive me to strive for personal growth. They’re why I create art and write every day. They’re why I study Buddhism, Stoicism, and social science.
These ideas make me better every day that I live by them. So it’s my responsibility to share these ideas with as many people as possible, right?
The last piece of the puzzle.
Sharing is the last piece of the puzzle for me. I have a cause that’s bigger than myself, a cause that I can move forward with the internet as a platform.
I couldn’t have had as much of an impact 20 years ago — before the internet connected billions of people across the globe. But I have an opportunity that I can’t pass, now.
I have the opportunity to change the world for the better by spreading the philosophy of creativity, productivity, and empathy on the biggest platform the world has ever known.
It’s time to take action.
“Inspiration is perishable – act on it immediately.”
— Naval Ravikant
I’m setting out on a new adventure, or repeating an old one. I’m not sure what to call it. All I know is that I have to take action.
My existential inspiration is driving me to do bigger and bigger things, so I’ll be getting back to my roots in art and teaching. Creativity and empathy can change the world for the better — so that’s what I’ll be teaching.
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