Via Via Affirmativa: An artist’s condition

I found this post on Via Affirmativa interesting, to my surprise. It started out a little more like a rant than I prefer, but it’s worth reading for aspiring artists:

    “I am filled with an anxiety that alludes me. Why am I so nervous right now? It’s some general sense of fear that is making my stomach tight and filling me with discomfort. But I don’t know why I feel fearful. Usually, I know specifically why I’m afraid or nervous but sometimes there is this: this anxiousness that creeps over me and, even if I realize that it is simply “fear.” I still cannot for the life of me figure out why I am so afraid.

    What am I afraid of? Or is this just something that happens as we age? These moments of general fear with no seeming object of that fear? I am 35 years old. I am single, I still have a roommate and I am not sure whether I will ever have what this world defines as success in my career. Is this why I am full of fear? Simply because the clock, it would seem, is ticking? But ticking toward what?”

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About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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