Clear lots of ground for your tents!
Make your tents large. Spread out! Think big!
Use plenty of rope,
drive the tent pegs deep.
You're going to need lots of elbow room
for your growing family.
You're going to take over whole nations;
you're going to resettle abandoned cities.
Don't be afraid--you're not going to be embarrassed.
Don't hold back--you're not going to come up short.
-from Isaiah 54
Having dreams is what we must do. The dreams that live inside us pilot us towards what we are becoming. We must dream, we must be forever becoming. As dreamers we also must be planners choosing action steps. What is the next task I must put my shoulder to in order to move myself closer to what I want to become. We must know what it is we love to do and build our lives around it. Anything less is not only a waste of time but a waste of our lives.
I have watched this particular clip countless times and every time I am reminded of the need for artists to be fearlessly direct. Basquiat wanted to make his way into the art world and nothing was going stop him. I wonder how many times we have walked away from an important opportunity because we were not willing to take the risk. Perhaps we need to stop knocking softly on the door and just kick the fucking thing in.
Start asking yourself who you are and what you really want to do. Are you doing it? Are you at least pointed in the right direction? Who do you need to connect with in order to take the next step? Remember they need you to. Any Warhol's sagging career was greatly reenergized by his friendship with Basquiat and the collaborations that followed. This isn't just about your survival, it is about the people you work with that are going to be kicked into gear at the same time. All right now, tuck your shirt in and go introduce yourself.