If Not You, Then Who?

Here's the thing. I have very talented friends. I don't think I pick them this way on purpose, but the people that I connect most closely with all seem to have some sort of artistic talent. And right here, right now, I'm calling them out.

I want you, friend, to start working on your craft. I want you, friend, to share some of it with the rest of us.

Because I promise you, we need it. We're dying for it. In a world filled with everything else, with a hundred thousand opinions on a hundred million topics, what we're missing is your unique perspective.

What we need is you.

If I could write for you, or compose music for you, or draw for you, I would. But I can't. All I have is me. My opinions. My views. I'm going to make them known and seen while you're doing it too.

But we're dying for yours.

I know that you might be scared. I know that you think you should wait until you're better or your idea's better or something you can't quite put your finger on but you just feel it is better. But it won't be. Not if you don't start now. Get the ball rolling downhill. Gain some momentum. That's where better comes.

And the trick is, even then, when you're better, you'll see that better is still ahead of you.

There's always better. We don't need better.

What we need is you.

We need imperfect, incomplete, insecure you. We need a panicked rush of words because if you didn't say them then you were surely going to explode. We need a score that sings with all the pain and beauty that every day can offer. We need the drawings that you haven't been able to stop making since you were a boy.

We've seen everything else.

What we need is you.

Because if you don't do it for us, if you don't share with us the thing that only you have to offer, who will?