Are you a writer? Write! A musician? Play your instrument. A runner? Go on, hit the road now.
The cultural resource of territorial skillsets actually comes from one of my most inspiring reads ever – the War of Art by Steven Pressfield. To Pressfield, there ain’t such thing as hierarchy to an artist; he hones his craft first and foremost, and worries about where he stands way lat… make that never. Or at least that’s the way it’s ought to be!
As real people though, we tend to get lost in the human tendency to make endless comparisons between ourselves and the “competition”. But that’s okay, because we all know that while being “better” is a reality (higher skills up to a certain level, gets paid more, period), the most conducive mindset to improving in a personally meaningful and sustainable way is to do your art by your own standards. It’s an issue of territory and not heirarchy; while a heirarchical mindset can put you at the bottom of the food chain, a territorial mindset says that the piece of art-land you own is yours; no one can take that away from you, and most importantly it nourishes you. When you just don’t feel like you’re cutting it, and you need a reminder of your place in the world and what you’re here to do – go back to that territory and you will be restored. Your soul will be fed, your chin will be lifted, and you will end up stronger.
That is the whole point of this post really, to remind you that when you’re feeling trashy, go back to your territory and regain your center – you own that place, the seeds you’ve planted there are going to feed you, your lifeblood has been poured into that special dedication of yours and it’ll empower you to face the world with strength when you finally leave your castle and return to the Great Beyond.
For me, that little plot of land is writing. What’s yours?