I was piqued recently when in an interview, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch offered the following…
“I don’t know what will happen. I’m discouraged and excited at the same time. I don’t know what’s going to happen to me. I can’t afford to keep my office now. I’m not going to make any money off this film. To the contrary. So it’s kind of a drag, you know? It’s kind of a discouraging period right now. But something new will happen.”
Jarmusch is an international auteur and one of the most important contemporary American filmmakers, but even he, at the age of 60 and with a career spanning more than three decades, still has to struggle and fight for his future.
The lesson here is that there is no security. Regardless of previous accomplishments. We’re only alive for the project we’re working on. The world, and our own situation, are constantly changing. We must have the energy and mindset to be alive to that change, to embrace it and work with it.
Where is the peace then? Perhaps in the idea that within that insecurity lies possibility and opportunity, because nothing is fixed, there are no boundaries to our thinking. Or perhaps this lack of security is essential for the artistic psyche, perhaps that sense of openness for the future frees the mind to create.
Either way, there is no security, accept it, embrace it, get on with it.