Inspiration! Roundup: Sue Austin's Underwater Wheelchair Dance, Imaginary Moon Art, For Like Ever, and More!

Time to get inspired! First, let's go to Sillyville! Then this roundup of underwater dancing, art on the moon, and more!
This Week's "I want to go to there": SILLYVILLE! Obviously.
Photo by Will Myers.

Sue Austin: Underwater Wheelchair Dancer

This is incredible: performance artist Sue Austin uses a specially-adapted wheelchair to dance underwater. It's the kind of thing I have never thought of and the result is stunning.

Imaginary Moon Art

Now for some imaginary art: eight artists were asked what art they would make if they were on the moon. The answers include painting the sphere so it looks like a perfect square; creating a colony of sexist, white supremacists; or creating a space habitat on earth in protest of the wealthy having an escape hatch into space should things get too bad on earth.

Reasons for Art

Author Chuck Wendig made a pretty incredible Twitter thread with 25 reasons to create art in terrible times. I may not have needed someone to encourage me to keep creating, but dang if it isn't inspiring to read a bunch of emphatic statements for the power of art.

My favourite:

"Because what you make is a carrier for ideas. A Trojan horse stuffed with your NOTIONS. Packed tight with arguments and hopes and fears and solutions. Even when you don’t mean it to be? It is."

For Like Ever

I like this piece by Super Rural.

Two Questions for (the chance of) Success

Say you want to learn something new or get better at something you already have in your repertoire. Two questions matter:

1) Do you want to be better?

2) Are you willing to feel the discomfort of putting in more effort and trying new things that will feel weird and different and won’t work right away?

The first question is pretty obvious. The second one may be unexpected, but gaining skills is HARD. You are going to feel like you suck for a while, because you will suck for a while. You will have to use new muscles - actual or metaphorical - and they don't know what they are doing. It's good to remember that up front.

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